Thursday, August 9, 2012

"There's a lot of money at stake for the players," Gulati said.

Gold medal will bring more green to U.S. women's soccer team

LONDON – How much does U.S. soccer value gold in these London Olympics? More than you might guess.

The color of the medal will determine the payout for the women's soccer team.

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati says the women's team will split a $1.5 million bonus if the Americans beat Japan in the final here Thursday, which is more than they would earn with a loss, though Gulati declined to specify how much more. The expectation is that the money will be split by the 18 players on the current roster, a pool of about a dozen reserves and training staff. Not every person may receive a full share or a share at all. ...

See the whole story here, from USA Today.

Kicking Back Comments: Puff Daddy has it right. Now one thing that was not detailed in the article is how much US Soccer stands to gain in the process as well. I don't know if US Soccer gets a direct payout from the IOC, or if US Soccer takes a cut from each athletes award.

I would be very surprised if it did not as, lets face it folks, US Soccer is a business. 

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