By Shyneese Walter |Staff Writer|
Professional sports have taken over the country, they are one of the top-watched events in the world, well, at least men’s sports anyways.
We often turn a blind eye to the fact that women also play professionally; they are often overshadowed by their male counterparts.
Men’s sports are televised nationally on highly watched stations, such as ABC, TNT, NBC and Fox. Not only do men’s sports receive national attention, but male athletes get paid millions more compared to female athletes.
The average salary cap for an NBA team is around $60 million, according to iamagm.com, while womensbasketballonline.com states that the average salary cap for a WNBA team is around $878,000.
What this means is that NBA teams have more flexibility in keeping their star players happy, by paying them substantially more every year.
According to celebritynetworth.com, Kobe Bryant’s salary alone is $24.8 million per year.
Candace Parker, who is the highest paid athlete in women’s basketball, was paid $44,000 her first year, which is the most ever for a WNBA rookie.
Parker, who is the face of the Los Angeles Sparks, and arguably the best player in the WNBA, does not even make more than what an NBA rookie makes, which is around $490,180, according to NBA.com.
Despite the fact that Parker and Bryant play for the same city, in the same arena, and in front of the same fans, Parker’s earnings seem like minimum wage when compared to Bryant’s.
Not only are female athletes getting the short end of the stick in terms of pay, but for a female athlete you must graduate from college before being able to enter the WNBA.
For male athletes, you only have to go to college a year before you are eligible to enter the NBA draft.
Why is it that men make more than women if women put their bodies though the same things that men do?
Some say that men’s sports are more popular because male athletes are more marketable and more entertaining with a lot more fans compared to women’s basketball.
Men’s sports have a lot more sponsors that bring in money, while women’s sports hardly have any.
How many times have you gone through the sports channels and notice men’s sports on mostly every channel and only see women’s sports on one or two?
Women put in just as much time and effort as any man, but always seem to fall short because of their sex.
While women athletes are attending college to play sports and earn a degree, male athletes have the opportunity not only to earn a degree, but start a professional career in their respective sport with a high paying salary.