W.N.B.A. Contract Change

Mary Kincaid

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W.N.B.A.‌ ‌Contract‌ ‌Change‌ ‌
By‌ ‌Mary‌ ‌Kincaid‌ ‌
According‌ ‌to‌ ‌nytimes.com,‌ ‌in‌ ‌2017,‌ ‌the‌ ‌women’s‌ ‌counterpart‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌National‌ ‌Basketball‌ ‌
Association‌ ‌owned‌ ‌an‌ ‌average‌ ‌salary‌ ‌of‌ ‌$71,635,‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌maximum‌ ‌veteran‌ ‌salary‌ ‌set‌ ‌at‌ ‌
$113,500.‌ ‌This‌ ‌amount‌ ‌cowered‌ ‌in‌ ‌comparison‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌minimum‌ ‌salary‌ ‌of‌ ‌an‌ ‌NBA‌ ‌player:‌ ‌
$838,464.‌ ‌However,‌ ‌this‌ ‌wage‌ ‌gap‌ ‌may‌ ‌become‌ ‌slightly‌ ‌smaller‌ ‌if‌ ‌a‌ ‌proposed‌ ‌WNBA‌ ‌contract‌ ‌
finds‌ ‌approval‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌league’s‌ ‌board‌ ‌of‌ ‌governors‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌union’s‌ ‌membership.‌ ‌ ‌
The‌ ‌contract‌ ‌in‌ ‌question‌ ‌enables‌ ‌top‌ ‌players‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌more‌ ‌than‌ ‌$500,000,‌ ‌far‌ ‌more‌ ‌than‌ ‌
the‌ ‌current‌ ‌limit.‌ ‌It‌ ‌also‌ ‌includes‌ ‌maternity‌ ‌leave‌ ‌with‌ ‌full‌ ‌salary,‌ ‌a‌ ‌space‌ ‌in‌ ‌arenas‌ ‌for‌ ‌nursing‌ ‌
mothers,‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌$5,000‌ ‌child‌ ‌care‌ ‌stipend.‌ ‌ ‌
This‌ ‌contract‌ ‌merely‌ ‌asks‌ ‌that‌ ‌players‌ ‌receive‌ ‌a‌ ‌comparable‌ ‌share‌ ‌of‌ ‌their‌ ‌league’s‌ ‌
revenue.‌ ‌While‌ ‌the‌ ‌NBA‌ ‌splits‌ ‌revenue‌ ‌with‌ ‌its‌ ‌players‌ ‌about‌ ‌50-50,‌ ‌WNBA‌ ‌players‌ ‌receive‌ ‌only‌ ‌
20‌ ‌to‌ ‌30‌ ‌percent‌ ‌of‌ ‌league‌ ‌revenue.‌ ‌Since‌ ‌the‌ ‌NBA‌ ‌still‌ ‌rakes‌ ‌in‌ ‌far‌ ‌more‌ ‌revenue,‌ ‌NBA‌ ‌salaries‌ ‌
would‌ ‌continue‌ ‌to‌ ‌tower‌ ‌over‌ ‌the‌ ‌women’s‌ ‌pay.‌ ‌
This‌ ‌deal‌ ‌also‌ ‌seeks‌ ‌to‌ ‌keep‌ ‌players‌ ‌stateside.‌ ‌Players‌ ‌must‌ ‌stay‌ ‌in‌ ‌WNBA‌ ‌training‌ ‌
camps‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌start.‌ ‌They‌ ‌may‌ ‌not‌ ‌report‌ ‌late‌ ‌to‌ ‌finish‌ ‌commitments‌ ‌to‌ ‌clubs‌ ‌overseas.‌ ‌
Players‌ ‌mostly‌ ‌travelled‌ ‌overseas‌ ‌in‌ ‌order‌ ‌to‌ ‌supplement‌ ‌their‌ ‌minor‌ ‌pay.‌ ‌ ‌
Many‌ ‌players‌ ‌find‌ ‌themselves‌ ‌hurt‌ ‌or‌ ‌fatigued‌ ‌after‌ ‌playing‌ ‌overseas,‌ ‌such‌ ‌as‌ ‌Breanna‌ ‌
Stewart.‌ ‌She‌ ‌ruptured‌ ‌her‌ ‌right‌ ‌Achilles’‌ ‌tendon‌ ‌while‌ ‌playing‌ ‌overseas‌ ‌and‌ ‌was‌ ‌forced‌ ‌to‌ ‌sit‌ ‌out‌ ‌
the‌ ‌entire‌ ‌2019‌ ‌season.‌ ‌Further,‌ ‌she‌ ‌found‌ ‌herself‌ ‌the‌ ‌reigning‌ ‌Most‌ ‌Valuable‌ ‌Player‌ ‌Award‌ ‌
winner‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌ruined‌ ‌ankle.‌ ‌
This‌ ‌plan‌ ‌agrees‌ ‌to‌ ‌add‌ ‌$1.6‌ ‌million‌ ‌annually‌ ‌in‌ ‌league‌ ‌marketing‌ ‌agreements.‌ ‌That‌ ‌
results‌ ‌in‌ ‌up‌ ‌to‌ ‌$250,000‌ ‌for‌ ‌any‌ ‌one‌ ‌player.‌ ‌For‌ ‌a‌ ‌top‌ ‌player,‌ ‌a‌ ‌base‌ ‌salary‌ ‌of‌ ‌$250,000‌ ‌plus‌ ‌
All-Star‌ ‌appearances‌ ‌and‌ ‌awards‌ ‌may‌ ‌result‌ ‌in‌ ‌her‌ ‌total‌ ‌compensation‌ ‌being‌ ‌over‌ ‌$500,000.‌ ‌ ‌
Overall,‌ ‌this‌ ‌innovative‌ ‌plan‌ ‌could‌ ‌completely‌ ‌change‌ ‌the‌ ‌WNBA.‌ ‌No‌ ‌doubt,‌ ‌it‌ ‌remains‌ ‌a‌ ‌
huge‌ ‌improvement‌ ‌for‌ ‌women’s‌ ‌equality.‌ ‌The‌ ‌only‌ ‌action‌ ‌left‌ ‌is‌ ‌for‌ ‌it‌ ‌to‌ ‌get‌ ‌approved.‌ ‌ ‌