By Kevin Bickel
There are a lot of reasons to become a professional bowler but the salary is not one of them. Over the PBA’s 56 year history, only 40 players have earned more than $1,000,000 over the course of their careers. In the 2012-2013 season, the top 3 earners were:
- Sean Rash (USA) – $248,317
- Mika Koivuniemi (Finland) – $227,851
- Jason Belmonte (Australia) – $186,465
These are the top 3 bowlers in the world for the 2012-2013 season; the best of the best. Of course those are respectable salaries, but they are shockingly low for professional athletes, let alone the top 3 bowlers in the world. To give you some perspective, the minimum salary for both NFL and NBA players is roughly $500,000. Looking at a more comparable sport, the average PGA player (at the equivalent level) made about $600,000 in 2011. It wasn’t always like this, though. How did it get to this point?