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Why do people put so much value on celebrity athletes?

What is a basketball MVP? A person who is good at inserting a ball into a hoop. So what? How is that a great, noble accomplishment? Why do people care SO much about a bunch of sweaty men running around chasing a ball? Anytime I tried watching a baseball, football, or basketball game, my eyes glazed over in five minutes because of how utterly boring it was. They throw the ball, then they throw the ball again, then they run with the ball, then they throw the ball, then they run over here, then they run over there, then they throw the ball and this goes on for HOURS! Are you kidding me? How brain dead do you have to be to actually enjoy such a repetitive monotonous activity?

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I can understand enjoying sports. I'm not a sports fan, but watching sports, betting on games, playing in a fantasy league, tracking the performance of your favorite teams and players--I can understand the attraction.

What I do not understand is why any athlete is a millionaire, let alone a multimillionaire celebrity. The world has enough talented athletes spending time in parks and local gyms that I cannot imagine ever having to pay a person $30M to play a game that they're already playing voluntarily. It is so bizarre that we live in a world where athletes, actors, and singers sometimes make hundreds of times the salary of a doctor or a teacher.