Athletes are in demand. People pay to watch them in person or on TV, both of which generate revenue for the league and the owners of the individual teams. People also purchase products that have team logos and specific athletes' names on them. When I hear people state that athletes are making 'too much,' I often wonder if they prefer more of the income to go the owners. In any event, in a capitalistic economy, we should not be imposing our individual sense of morality on how willing market participants spend or accumulate wealth. And on that note, it helps to be self aware; if you think otherwise, then you must understand that you are calling for some type of socialism, and socialism eventually manifests into communism.
Missouri requires 2 percent of the total compensation from the performance and does not require you to split the withholding between employees. However, if one member of the entertainer group, such as a band member, files a Missouri individual income tax return, the withholding must be prorated among the band members and other paid members. The entertainer entity (the band) must determine the correct amount for each individual member to claim. A corporation may claim the entire withholding credit on its corporate return. The withholdings may be claimed only once, either by the corporation or the individual.