How much are USFL players paid? Breaking down the salary structure of the new football league
The restarted USFL’s inaugural season is fast approaching, with Generals and Stallions set to kick off on April 16.
With the start of the new league comes the question that fans watching the games will be asking: how much will the players be paid?
The compensation structure is simple and uniform in all areas. All players receive the same amount of money as base salary, with the only changes coming based on whether teams win and whether players are on the match roster.
How will the remuneration system work in the new football league? The Sporting News breaks it down.
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USFL Salary Structure
- Average salary: $45,000
- Weekly salary: $4,500
According to USFL News, players will earn $4,500 per week while on the active roster. They would earn $1,500 per week while they are on the practice squad and $600 per week they are in training camp.
This would mean that over a full season, which lasts 10 weeks, players who are on the active roster can expect to earn at least $45,000. Players on the practice squad for an entire campaign would earn $15,000.
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- Victory Bonus: $850
- Championship Bonuses: $10,000
There will be more money to be had for players on winning teams, especially those who appear in each of the games.
USFL News reported that players on a team’s active roster or practice squad will receive an additional $850 bonus per win. As per bonus policy, players who are injured, suspended or otherwise inactive at the start of the game will not be eligible to earn this incentive.
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There is also a major reward for winning the USFL Championship. Players on the active roster or practice squad would earn a $10,000 paycheck for winning the USFL title. As with win bonuses, anyone injured, suspended or inactive will not be eligible for the bonus unless the USFL decides otherwise.
This means that an active player on an undefeated, title-winning team could earn up to $75,750 since they would be credited with 11 win bonuses, 12 weeks of being on an active roster, four weeks of camp training and the championship bonus.