Someone asked me the other day how much the average MLS player gets paid. Before I turned to the Internet I gave the question some thought. I would like to think that I am pretty knowledgeable when it comes to salaries in sports but for this question I had no clue. I realized that soccer is on the rise in America, but I knew the average salaries would not compare to the four major American sports. When I went to go look up the answer (and browsed the web for a while after), I was shocked to find the income disparity within leagues, specifically the MLS.
The Big Four
In 1922 Babe Ruth signed a 5 year contract worth $52,000 a year, in 1927 Ruth signed a 3 year contract worth $70,000 a year. 90 years after Ruth signed that initial contract we have professional athletes making considerable less money then he did. This is astounding to me. No one is gonna shed a tear for an NBA, MLB, NHL or NFL player, even if they are making the minimum. MLS on the other hand is shocking to me. I understand that revenue made by the MLS does not even compare to that of the big four sports, but they do pay a player $5 million a season. I would like to see less income disparity in the MLS.
Stats from ESPN.com, mlssoccer.com