Soccer Business Bits: Salaries Revealed, Portland Ticket Prices & More

With a new collective bargaining agreement in place, the MLS players Union has released player salary figures for the 2010 campaign.  Some of the significant numbers include the new minimum salary of $40k per season, the exceptionally low number for Barros Schelloto, the amount of money the Revs have tied up in injured players and more.  The list also provides insight into the remarkable salary discrepancies between international caliber players like David Beckham ($5.5 million) and Jonathan Borenstein ($100k).

In Portland, the Timbers have announced ticket prices for their inaugural MLS season in 2011.  Season ticket prices range from a remarkably low $99 to a fairly high $1500 per seat.  There are few of the $99 tickets and some of those include obstructed views.  The tickets are priced on a 20 home game season.  Sections designated for the Timbers Army are priced at $360 for the season. Like other teams featuring new stadiums, Portland is also offering an interactive seat selection feature.

Multiple sources are reporting that MLS will greet its newest Designated Player on July 15 when Montenegrin midfielder Branko Boskovic joins DC United.  While Boskovic is not a household name, his signing may represent the start of a fairly active DP period in the next month.  MLS teams now have access to multiple DP’s that allow a number of signings of high profile or expensive players.

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