The Costa Rican player's association is pushing for a minimum salary for Costa Rica's first and second divisions. http://www.nacion.com/2010-09-03/Deportes/NotaPrincipal/Deportes2508430.aspx They are appearing before Costa Rica's salary commission to push for a minimum salary of C500,000 ($1000) per month for 1st division players and C300,000 ($600) per month for 2nd division players. They argue that they are the only people capable of performing their jobs, and thus they should be classified as profesional workers and receive an appropriate minimum sallary. The federation and league apparatus prefer the players to be categorized as "qualified workers" (if they are indeed classified at all) and want to have a minimum wage of at most $500 a month for 1st division players and $430 for 2nd division players. The federation claims that to attain "professional" status someone needs to have academic standing. They also point out that no soccer players meet the 8 hour a day requisite to qualify for either the "professional" or the "qualified" minimum wages. The federation's ideal situation is that the players are classified under neither of the categories and don't receive any minimum wage. What's my take? I think the players are going to have a hard time getting the government to go along with them. The minimum wage for college graduates is roughly $800 a month, and no government is going to want to make a policy stating that soccer players are worth more than actual college grads. As for the federation, they are rightfully against this proposal. Costa Rican football is barely professionalized in the 2nd division and a $12000+ wage bill (20 players times $600) would put a big strain on the clubs. Assuming tickets are $6 for a game (which they aren't because that is the cost for a primera game and there is no way segunda clubs would charge the same price), the clubs would have to sell 2000 tickets per month (roughly 1000 per game) just to cover wages. The second division would pretty much die, and the small primera division would shrink even further as many 1st division teams (such as UCR) wouldn't be able to cover the bill. Anyways, I'm interested to hear your thoughts. This really puts into context the wage battles elsewhere in the world.