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The New Working Poor: Players in MLS?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by britwrit, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. britwrit

    britwrit Well-Known Member

    Story in the Times today claims that lots of players in M.L.S. are struggling to get by. A $36,500 starting salary makes you broke these days?

  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    They could work at McDonald's on their days off:

  3. JC

    JC Well-Known Member

    36000 is decent money?
  4. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Even with the understanding that they carry developmental players, it does strike me as a pretty low minimum salary for a league that insists it's a major league. The MLS' single-entity structure is a crappy model.
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    A $36,500 salary in a field that employs people exclusively in large cities is broke, yes. Or about as close as you can get to broke. The example here cites three players who live in Denver, where the median household income is $49,000 (Denver County) or $58,000 (state of Colorado).
  6. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    I'd love to know where the minimum salary players in LA live.
  7. JC

    JC Well-Known Member

  8. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    They qualify for Obamacare subsidies.
  9. britwrit

    britwrit Well-Known Member

    Wow. That's weird. I never would've thought of that as being low, not for someone just out of college.

    By comparison, I make the equivalent of around $37,000 a year in London. Yeah, I have to budget but I can eat out, go out regularly and live in semi-decent accommodation (without going to the cards.)
  10. JC

    JC Well-Known Member

    Are you a pro athlete?
  11. britwrit

    britwrit Well-Known Member

    No. I'm an idiot with a part-time civil service job. God bless the unions.
  12. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    So then why would you compare your personal situation to that of a presumably elite level athlete?
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