A lot of us have roommates, some because they are friends and others to divide up living costs. A lot of us carpool or take public transit, some because it is environmentally good and others to save money. For the 25% plus of MLS players who reportedly made under $50,000 last year I imagine it was a lot of the second, most don’t play in cities where their parents live so crashing in their basement isn’t an option. Now when compared to the league minimums of other professional sports leagues in the US this number will either make you laugh or cry:
- Major League Baseball – $490,000 a year
- National Basketball Association – $490,180 a year
- National Hockey League – $550,000 a year
- National Football League – $405,000 a year
So at the low end of the list is the NFL, a bit of a surprise to me, but consider that just 18 players in all of MLS in 2013 made more than the league minimum of what a NFL player would make, 501 made less.
Now it is kinda unfair to compare MLS which is a very young league with those who have been around a lot longer, but clearly if you want to compete for the very best athletes in the US you have to be able to offer them something closer to what they can make in other leagues.