AUSTIN, Texas — If you want to make it in America as a pro athlete, the playbook’s pretty simple: Get to the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL or (lately) MLS. But lacrosse players, women’s softball players, curlers and others in less-celebrated team sports ? They all need day jobs to support their athletic habits. That thinking is almost always correct — but not quite always. A select few American athletes do make a living off the sports that never hit talk radio. But it’s not just because they’re extra talented; it’s because they’re extra strategic. See also: A YouTube Legend Battles for His Basketball Future Paul Rabil is one of those athletes. America’s average self-proclaimed sports nut probably doesn’t know the man’s name, but Rabil plays for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL). After he first turned pro — even though he was drafted first overall by the Cannons following a stellar career at Johns Hopkins University — Rabil moonlighted for a real estate company. But he’s since built himself into a one-man lacrosse brand, and the only pro making a robust living off the sport. (He says he’s “comfortable;” Bloomberg calls him a millionaire.) Rabil, who is 28… Read full this story
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