WNBA Players Want (And Deserve) Equal Revenue Share

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The 2024 WNBA draft class has been a historic moment in women’s basketball history. With names such as Angel Reese, Kamilla Cardoso, Caitlin Clark, and more – women’s basketball is for sure in great hands.

The #1 overall WNBA draft pick, Caitlin Clark, who also broke the all-time NCAA D 1 scoring record amongst men and women has a base salary of $76,535 coming in as a rookie. Causing a fierce debate and uproar on social media. 

For years, the women’s game has been undervalued and overlooked despite continuously producing a good product. A hot topic amongst the WNBA are the salaries. Though their salary has been discussed and compared to the NBA for years; it’s still a huge common misconception. WNBA players are asking, at the very least, to have the same revenue share as the NBA – not the same pay. 2x WNBA champion Kelsey Plum shared on The Residency Pod what they were asking for. 

“We’re not asking to get paid what the men get paid,” Plum stated. “We’re asking to get paid the same percentage of revenue shared.” She also shared that her jersey is sold in the Ace’s home arena but she doesn’t get a “dime” from that. 

Currently, the WNBA’s league revenue share is less than 10%, while the NBA’s revenue share is 50%. The current Collective Bargain Agreement for the women’s league, which is a part of controlling the revenue share, is scheduled to expire in 2027 but the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) will have the option to opt-out as early as this fall or 2025. 

With the brand deals, partnerships, and media attention this 2024 WNBA draft class has brought to the W; the WNBPA should have more than enough leverage to negotiate higher to help bridge the inequality of the WNBA player salaries and pay gap.

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