Thursday, April 14, 2011
Maya Moore's Salary for the WNBA
Maya Moore is arguably the best women's college basketball player of all time. She was a lock for the number one overall pick in the WNBA draft whenever she decided to be eligible for it.
If she was number one overall in the NBA draft, she would make over $5 million a year with many additional advertisement contracts. Since she is playing for a league that is near bankrupt and distinction, the greatest women's college basketball player will only make $45,000 this year with Minnesota. She will get some additional advertisement contracts as well, but nowhere near as much as a Blake Griffin or John Wall made their rookie years.
Watching a women's basketball game, it is mesmerizing at how many empty seats are being shown each time the ball is dribbled up the court. Women's basketball arena's usually have a capacity of 15,000 - 20,000 seats. On TV it looks like just over 1,000 seats are filled during every regular season game.
It is very obvious watching those games as to why so many of the star WNBA players are asking for transfers to play overseas. The difference between a WNBA salary and overseas is nearly 5 TIMES. With those type of statistics, it is surprising women basketball stars even stay in America to play.
Dianna Taurasi made that choice two to three years ago to go overseas, but due to a drug test had to come back. Maya Moore, Candace Parker and all the other stars need to really think about transferring overseas to play basketball. Especially since the trend that the WNBA is going, it will not be much longer until extinction.
Posted by Travis Houser at 4:16 AM