You may not after reading these facts about player salaries. btw, MLS stands for Major League Soccer, America’s attempt to create a professional soccer league in the U.S. Looking at salaries alone, it seems that the league is has not reached nearly enough popularity so far, and needs a boost before players like Freddy Adu go overseas.
The highest paid player is Juan Francisco Palencia, who has a contract worth $1.36 million including all bonuses [Top 10 MLS Player Salaries]. If an agent takes 5% of that figure, that comes out to $68,000, which is nothing to scoff at. But then again, that is for the highest paid player in the entire league. Move down only to the 10th highest paid player in the league, and you are looking at Carlos Ruiz, who is gauranteed to $360,000. a 5% commission on that is a mere $18,000. That figure may not convince you to enter the profession as an agent for the MLS.
Let’s compare these numbers to some of the other professional leagues in the United States.
Highest paid player = Alex Rodriguez – 2006 Salary: $25,680,727 – 5% Commission: $1,284,036
10th highest paid player = Andy Pettitte – 2006 Salary: $16,428,416 – 5% Commission: $821,420
Highest paid player = Shaquille O’Neal – 2005/06 Salary: $20 million – 4% Commission (capped): $800,000
10th highest paid player = Michael Finley – 2005/06 Salary: $15,937,500 – 4% Commission (capped): $637,500
I could not find good figures for the NFL or the NHL (if you can, please add as a comment), but looking at the NBA and MLB alone, it seems that Sports Agents may shy away from getting involved in American soccer (unless you find a superstar who can get the big bucks overseas). The only positive is that there is probably a lot less competition among agents for clients in the field of soccer.
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