Skip to comments.WNBA Players Are Overpaid
Posted on 07/11/2018 2:55:54 PM PDT by all the best
A case can be made that WNBA players are actually overpaid relative to what consumers actually want. After all, the WNBA is subsidized by the NBA in a variety of ways including direct financial support, free publicity, and the fact that many WNBA franchises are owned by the citys NBA owner. In fact, the WNBAs big television contract was itself a byproduct of the channel reworking its agreement with their male counterpart.2 So instead of grumbling about the salaries male basketball players enjoy, perhaps Aja Wilson should be thankful that the men's product helps bolster her own paycheck. At the end of the day, just about any article focusing on how athletes are either under- (or over-) paid stems from the fallacious view that their compensation is an inherent product of their labor, rather than the subjective values of consumers. The financial success of professional athletes has almost nothing to do with their talent and everything to do with the entertainment the public receives from it. LeBron James is one of the greatest athletes in human history, but if his sport of choice generated the public interest the WNBA has, he would not be signing a $154 million dollar contract. This also helps explains why e-sports players are making more money than the best in the WNBA. No pain can still result in financial gain. Of course consumer preferences can change. Perhaps the American public will come to appreciate the strong fundamentals of the WNBA and, as a result, salaries will improve. Until then, women basketball players should perhaps look for markets that place greater value on their skill. Like Russia.
Government interventionism also benefits the sport, as Title IX requirements have forced colleges to maintain women's basketball programs if they wish to keep their men's team.
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Similar to how football basically subsidizes the rest of the sports programs at most universities. WNBA is basically a glorified scholarship program that only exists because of political correctness.
And it provides a great date night for Lesbian couples.
They are lucky to get paid at all. For example, the University of Tennessee was supposed to be the Mecca of women’s basketball under Pat Summitt, but even there it was the men’s team that drew the paying crowds, made money for the university, while the much hyped women’s team could do little more than break even.
So funny. My daughter played college ball and 4 years pro in Europe. But it is not fun to watch. They are just not that good. (Although a woman could win a 3-point contest, as long as she was not guarded)
We had a women's WNBA team here in Tulsa. 80% of the fans were lesbians.
Plus they are mostly dykes who marry each other.
So are the NBA players.
That's hard to believe.
This league I would pay to see though, these gals are hard hitters, fantastic action.
“We had a women’s WNBA team here in Tulsa. 80% of the fans were lesbians.”
haha or couples whose guys were the subservient one, if you catch my drift
Guess they forgot that 1998 Football National Championship.
It’s like women’s soccer. Men’s soccer is great, but watching women’s soccer is like watching soccer in slo-motion.
Despite the WNBA’s reason for being and social implications, I actually enjoy watching the women’s game. The gal’s game is a more pure style of basketball in terms of finesse and execution than the NBA. Yes the men’s game is more athletic, but I am a guy who misses Dean Smith running the four corners otfense with Phil Ford.
I thought UConn was the place for women’s b-ball?
Meanwhile, cornhole is turning into a bonanza hit, outdrawing baseball, not to mention WNBA.
So basically, sports viewers would rather watch fat dudes toss beanbags into a wooden hole than watch the WNBA.
For a while way back in the 90s and early 2000s, UT basketball was right at the top.
I think some of the Lady Vol mafia tried to ignore football. Men’s basketball was more of a direct competitor.
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