Professional athletes finding ways to survive

Published: Thursday, May 31 2012 5:00 p.m. MDT

Not all professional athletes are rolling in the dough. Major League Lacrosse players are picking up side jobs to help pay the bills, according to the Wall Street Journal.

MLL players are only part-time professional athletes, earning $10,000 to $25,000 per season. Professional lacrosse players hold full-time jobs such as being lawyers, trading at Wall Street investment banks or working at Morgan Stanley, said the article.

Since 2001, however, more money is coming in for MLL players making lacrosse one of the fastest growing sports, according to the Sports Goods Manufactures Association in the WSJ. This allows some of the players to focus more on their part-time job. In the 2011 season, the number of players working corporate jobs decreased to 30 percent from 40 percent, the WSJ reported, citing Commissioner David Gross.

But despite it's fast growth, the MLL will continue to be a part-time job, which causes many eligible players to drop out of the game due to their corporate jobs, said the article.

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