The supposed wage gap between men and women has been a topic growing in popularity. I say supposedly because there is no “gender pay gap.” The reason that studies show a vast difference in men and women’s wages even if they are in the same field or position, is that more men are in the workforce. This completely skews percentages and other logistics regarding wages. There is no gap, women that have the same job, same degrees in education, work the same hours and work in the same capacity are paid equally to men.
That being said, this is not the case in professional sports. Let us review basketball. The highest paid player in 2019 in the Women’s National Basketball Association will be Dewanna Bonner who earned 127,500 dollars for the season. Stephen Curry is making 37,457,154 dollars in the 2019 season. At first glance this may or may not be surprising, but as we look at more statistics we can further understand the chasm between the players salaries. The average net worth of an NBA franchise is 1.9 billion while the average worth of a WNBA team, in terms of financial worth, is hovering at about 250,000. The problem is that the WNBA just isn’t making the caliber of money that the NBA is. We could look at other statistics such as how the average attendance of a men’s game is between 15 and 20 thousand while a woman’s is about 6 thousand. We could also see that the WNBA made in total profit of about 60 million while the NBA made 8. Billion. What would you rather watch?
Do you think that the WNBA players and women athletes should be paid more? Do you think they are being paid sufficiently now or even overpaid? Have you ever heard of a WNBA player or team? Should we focus on the male athletes and paying them less?