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Making a living at badminton

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by advent, Jun 4, 2007.

  1. advent

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    How good do you have to be to be able to make a living at badminton?
    I'm talking about like 30000$ a year. Top 300 in the world? Top 100?

    Also how much money do the best players in the game make?
     
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    $30000 a year?! how is that enough? where do you live man, that's just over minimum wage here

    geese, you could be an assistant coach, hell even the cashier at a pro shop and make that much
     
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    i dont know the exactly 'salary' of a badminton player.But they must be not as rich as beckham.well,there must be a sponsorship to support them.but not too much lah..in Malaysia,badminton players is a soccer players.That means England's beckham is Malaysia's ChongWei.
     
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    If that's USD$30000, it's a very decent salary in many Asian nations, I believe. ;)
     
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    Which all helps to explain why such a large proportion of the top players are Asian. In Europe, North America or Oceania the sort of income that a full time international badminton-playing career can provide is not very attractive, whereas in Asia it may be very attractive.
     
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    USD 30,000 annually is a lot in many Asian nations.
    For example, in Malaysia, that equals to slightly under RM 100k...around RM 8k monthly. That is a LOT to Malaysians.

    It maybe not enough if you are paying all your badminton expenses by yourself, but usually, if you are a pro here, you get a lot of that expenses covered by sponsors, government etc.

    So, if you live in one of the badminton nations, it's a good money I guess. Might be more in Singapore since they are looking for foreigners to play for them?
     
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    a fresh graduate in hong kong working for the government makes alot more than US$30,000 per annum.
     
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    i think salary would be the last reason why an asian would choose to play badminton as a career. In fact, the poorest seldom get to become a badminton player
     
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    Beckham earns more in one month than lee chong wei in a year....
     
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    That may be true. My point is that a good reason for a European (say) not to take up badminton as a career is if he/she can expect to earn a starting salary in a conventional career that is more than a badminton player can expect to earn.

    For instance, my son, who is an undergraduate student, has a summer holiday job that will pay him at the rate of £30,000 p.a. He is unlikely to be attracted to a badminton-playing career, even though he has played internationally, because it is very uncertain and badly paid in comparison.
     
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    True, but he sold his sole, and playes for some strange shitty LA team in a shitty series :)

    And he still earns alot less money than Bill Gates :)

    And LCW is so much cooler!!!

    /Twobeer
     
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    are badminton players that badly paid in the western countries? i think badminton coaches there are better paid :) or rather, they can charge higher
     
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    It depends what level you are at.. If youre a so-so pro in sweden you certainly get paid more than $30K. Guys Like Peter Gade earns MUCH MUCH more.. (I remember one racket maker who looked into sponsoring him, and I was told he would not accept a sponsor deal less than $150000/year, and thats only from the racket sponsor :)

    It it also important to remember, If you are a top-pro, you can earn money from a) many different sponsors (racket, clothing, advertisment, others), b) Olympic funding etc, c) price Money, d) classes, seminars, training etc..

    /Twobeer
     
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    ive read in a post that li mao used to make 60000ringgit per month which equates to around 18,000 us dollars.dats around 215000 dollars a year.if a coach earns that much,a top pro would logically earn more or at least around the same amount.n jus using my logic,i would think that if peter gade gets sponsorship deals like that,other top 10 players would b gettng about the same
     
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    Yes, but you cannot enter the "profession" expecting to be among the top 10, can you? What about the top 100? Very poorly paid by western standards, I'd think, whereas they may be well paid in, say, Chinese, or Malaysian terms.
     
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    There are level of survival we are welling to accept (The Metrix Reloaded)

    What kind of underwear does Cher wearing? Depend.

    Here is a question for you. For $30,000 USD only, can you pay your own traveling and hotel expenses to all the pro tour? Not really. Unless your are in top 100, you will not even get an endorsement deal from any of the sponser. Only the local business will sponser you. Most of the pros make money as a coach. A good coach will charge a lot and take less student but coach year round. A bad one will try to start a badminton camp, charge less and hope to make money during the camp. Also, coach often has account w/ racquet companies and get them at dealer price. They turn around and sell it to student at full retail rip off price.
     
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    that's true. im jus making a comparison though.
    are there any pros in bc that are in the top 100?please provide us the information:rolleyes:
     
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    Where in the world is "bc"? And why is it significant?
     
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    badminton central? if they're in here,the can POST here
     
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    Here in the Philippines, good personal trainors and coaches earn an average of $800 to $1,000 a month. How about in other countries?
     

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