As a 5-foot-6 point guard, decorated WNBA veteran Becky Hammon has never had the experience of shattering a backboard with a dunk.
You guys, I’m like really, really, really pumped about this news. The first female NBA assistant coach. Hired by the reigning NBA champs. Good stuff, good stuff.
But, I was doing some rough math last night and it makes me pretty sad to see the GINORMOUS pay disparities between the NBA and WNBA.
For example: last year, Kobe Bryant, the NBA’s highest paid player made just over $30 million in salary alone (another $34 million in endorsements). The salary cap for individuals playing in the WNBA is $105,000 and $878,000 per team (note 2012 figures are all I could find so maybe it’s a bit more now…).
There are 12 teams in the WNBA. That’s about $10.5 million total potential wages paid. JUST ONE THIRD THE SALARY OF THE SINGLE HIGHEST PAID PLAYER IN THE NBA.
KOBE BRYANT MAKES THREE TIMES AS MUCH MONEY AS ALL PLAYERS IN THE WNBA COMBINED.
Food for thought.