Statistics Reveal Professional Soccer Players Account For Almost Half The Unemployment Rate In U.S.
NEW YORK- A recent study conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that the current number of unemployed professional soccer players accounts for roughly 2% of the 4.7% unemployment rate in the United States. This figure includes players who are on trial and currently out of contract since the New Year.
One player on trial this preseason with the San Jose Earthquakes told TFBF yesterday, "I'm just another statistic every year at this time. Begging for table scraps while my family back home is eating Top Ramen to stay nourished."
In fact, more than 70% of these unemployed players have signed up for Obamacare (for now), registered for food stamps and filed for unemployment benefits. What can most of these players wish for? A probable minimum contract with no options for the future creating a cyclical, impoverished revolving door for unemployment year after year.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also implicated in the report that by 2018 the number of unemployed soccer players would reach record highs due to the probable folding of NASL and MLS teams solely looking abroad for average players.