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(USA Today)   Kelsey Plum, who broke NCAA scoring record, is drafted first by the WNBA, will now decide if that will be a more lucrative career move than using her college degree to land a minimum wage job   ( ftw.usatoday.com) divider line
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2017-04-16 10:39:06 AM  
Street cred for a coaching position. WNBA is like a Master's in women's basketball. Some college women's coaches makes multiple millions.

Good luck to her.
 
2017-04-16 11:26:58 AM  
Con: not great money
Pro: all the lesbians you can eat
 
2017-04-16 12:34:54 PM  
Serious question, but is there a setup for salaries based on draft position in the WNBA? If so, what does the top pick tend to get, top 5, top 10?
 
2017-04-16 12:35:51 PM  

beezeltown: Street cred for a coaching position. WNBA is like a Master's in women's basketball. Some college women's coaches makes multiple millions.

Good luck to her.


This.... you don't try to be the best in the WNBA or Arena Football, etc., because you are going to make tons of money while you are playing.... it is because then you can pretty much work up to be a head coach for 20-30 years making at minimum a middle class salary, or possibly much higher if you actually do well coaching.
 
2017-04-16 12:43:20 PM  

TheManofPA: Serious question, but is there a setup for salaries based on draft position in the WNBA? If so, what does the top pick tend to get, top 5, top 10?


It's not really set up like the other leagues, but the rookie minimum is about $34,500, and the average rookie makes about $36,500.

Minimum after three years is $50K, so not great compared to men's athletes, but decent for being a few years out of college.
 
2017-04-16 01:36:03 PM  
depends on whether or not she likes fish tacos
 
2017-04-16 02:08:42 PM  

IAmRight: Minimum after three years is $50K, so not great compared to men's athletes, but decent for being a few years out of college.


Unless you've got student loans.
And, of course, there's no career trajectory. You can end up making $60-70k as one of the top players for a decade, and then you're out, and other than coaching or sports journalism, you have no relevant work experience for anything else.
 
2017-04-16 02:22:01 PM  

Theaetetus: IAmRight: Minimum after three years is $50K, so not great compared to men's athletes, but decent for being a few years out of college.

Unless you've got student loans.
And, of course, there's no career trajectory. You can end up making $60-70k as one of the top players for a decade, and then you're out, and other than coaching or sports journalism, you have no relevant work experience for anything else.


You have the ability to work both here and overseas, you make lots of career connections, and you can make plenty more than $60K as a top player.

You also get leadership and coaching experience, which does help for coaching jobs, running camps, etc.

I'm not saying they're compensated amazingly or anything, but it's a sh*tload better than working for minimum wage.

At minimum wage, they'd have to work 93 hours a week, every week, for the whole year to earn $35K. With less of an opportunity to move up.

I'm not really trying to highlight how great they have it; just highlighting how sh*tty minimum wage is.
 
2017-04-16 02:23:54 PM  
Once they start making the NCAA pay athletes the WNBA will be a paycut
 
2017-04-16 02:25:02 PM  

TheManofPA: Serious question, but is there a setup for salaries based on draft position in the WNBA? If so, what does the top pick tend to get, top 5, top 10?


i don't know but i do know a good number of WNBA players also end up playing on other countries' leagues, during the WNBA offseason.  american women's pro hoops is something many mock, but it is a huge, truly huge sport overseas, and players can make $$$ playing in the various Russian, Italian, Australian, Chinese, and Dutch, Turkish (apparently it is huge in Turkey).

diana taurasi, for example, even boycotted one of her WNBA seasons to play with her russian team, as they offered boatloads more cash.

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/18/sports/basketball/diana-taurasi-fo​c​using-on-playing-in-russia-where-the-money-is.html?_r=0

In the W.N.B.A., by contrast, she flies coach on 6 a.m. Southwest flights with connections in Atlanta or Dallas. She is her own driver, and nobody caters lunch. The league uses a system of collectively bargained salary caps that limits the entirety of a team's wage expenditure, which means that Taurasi, one of the W.N.B.A.'s few superstars, cannot earn more than the league maximum of $109,500, aside from modest bonuses. By contrast, U.M.M.C. pays her close to $1.5 million per season.

(aritcle is 2 years old but i doubt things have changed much....)
 
2017-04-16 02:38:04 PM  
shehoopsnetwork.com
 
2017-04-16 02:57:21 PM  

rickythepenguin: TheManofPA: Serious question, but is there a setup for salaries based on draft position in the WNBA? If so, what does the top pick tend to get, top 5, top 10?

i don't know but i do know a good number of WNBA players also end up playing on other countries' leagues, during the WNBA offseason.  american women's pro hoops is something many mock, but it is a huge, truly huge sport overseas, and players can make $$$ playing in the various Russian, Italian, Australian, Chinese, and Dutch, Turkish (apparently it is huge in Turkey).

diana taurasi, for example, even boycotted one of her WNBA seasons to play with her russian team, as they offered boatloads more cash.

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/18/sports/basketball/diana-taurasi-foc​using-on-playing-in-russia-where-the-money-is.html?_r=0

In the W.N.B.A., by contrast, she flies coach on 6 a.m. Southwest flights with connections in Atlanta or Dallas. She is her own driver, and nobody caters lunch. The league uses a system of collectively bargained salary caps that limits the entirety of a team's wage expenditure, which means that Taurasi, one of the W.N.B.A.'s few superstars, cannot earn more than the league maximum of $109,500, aside from modest bonuses. By contrast, U.M.M.C. pays her close to $1.5 million per season.

(aritcle is 2 years old but i doubt things have changed much....)


I mean, boycott makes it sound like she had some moral objection to playing.

Her Russian team offered to pay her salary to NOT play.

I like my work, but if someone wants to pay me the same amount of money to chill at home, I'd probably take it.
 
2017-04-16 03:00:10 PM  

rickythepenguin: TheManofPA: Serious question, but is there a setup for salaries based on draft position in the WNBA? If so, what does the top pick tend to get, top 5, top 10?

i don't know but i do know a good number of WNBA players also end up playing on other countries' leagues, during the WNBA offseason.  american women's pro hoops is something many mock, but it is a huge, truly huge sport overseas, and players can make $$$ playing in the various Russian, Italian, Australian, Chinese, and Dutch, Turkish (apparently it is huge in Turkey).

diana taurasi, for example, even boycotted one of her WNBA seasons to play with her russian team, as they offered boatloads more cash.

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/18/sports/basketball/diana-taurasi-foc​using-on-playing-in-russia-where-the-money-is.html?_r=0

In the W.N.B.A., by contrast, she flies coach on 6 a.m. Southwest flights with connections in Atlanta or Dallas. She is her own driver, and nobody caters lunch. The league uses a system of collectively bargained salary caps that limits the entirety of a team's wage expenditure, which means that Taurasi, one of the W.N.B.A.'s few superstars, cannot earn more than the league maximum of $109,500, aside from modest bonuses. By contrast, U.M.M.C. pays her close to $1.5 million per season.

(aritcle is 2 years old but i doubt things have changed much....)


I had heard about bigger salaries overseas but had never seen the details/actual numbers. Interesting to know. Also, did not know the WNBA league max was 109,500. I thought maybe that was number 1 pick type money
 
2017-04-16 03:24:00 PM  

IAmRight: I mean, boycott makes it sound like she had some moral objection to playing.


ehh, it was merely the first word that popped into my haead.  an overstatement as you noted but the point was made.  and it was a huge story here in phoenix when it happened.  i donn't exactly follow the WNBA but i do remember a lot of butthurt from their fanbase.


TheManofPA: had heard about bigger salaries overseas but had never seen the details/actual numbers. Interesting to know


yeah, when Taurasi boyco -- eerrrrrr, "decided to sit out" the 201X season, the local paper did a "did you know WNBA players play for peanuts in America, but get farkin' PAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIDDDDDDDD-uhhhh overseas?" articel.  not all of them, of course, but the ones that do, they can make a ton of cash.  i mean, what if you "only" get $200K to play for [turkish team].  $200K for, i don't know, 3-4 months of work?  take two weeks off, come back to the US to play a 25-35 game season for $60K?  tough gig, pro athlete......yeah it ain't LeBron James money, but.....$250K to play a game?  where do i sign?
 
2017-04-16 04:02:45 PM  
$250K to play a game? where do i sign?

Your daily routine would be soul crushingly dull though, unless you really, really like exercising and basketball practice.
 
2017-04-16 05:53:16 PM  

dletter: beezeltown: Street cred for a coaching position. WNBA is like a Master's in women's basketball. Some college women's coaches makes multiple millions.

Good luck to her.

This.... you don't try to be the best in the WNBA or Arena Football, etc., because you are going to make tons of money while you are playing.... it is because then you can pretty much work up to be a head coach for 20-30 years making at minimum a middle class salary, or possibly much higher if you actually do well coaching.


To be honest even in the NFL or NBA very few people make lifetimes worth of money. Most get 2-5 years of good money. Then it's on to coaching if they're lucky.
 
2017-04-16 07:14:25 PM  
Sports is like porn: The professionals can do amazing things, but the amateurs can be more fun to watch.

Why isn't porn a spectator sport?
 
2017-04-16 08:13:42 PM  

beezeltown: Street cred for a coaching position. WNBA is like a Master's in women's basketball. Some college women's coaches makes multiple millions.

Good luck to her.


And, if that's her game, she's coming to the right place. SS&E stands for Spurs Sports and Entertainment. Becky Hammon
 
2017-04-16 08:15:52 PM  
sits on the Spurs bench, and there's a reason that a ton of the GMs in the Association have spent time in what Iceman Gervin called "The Tone".
 
2017-04-17 12:51:28 AM  

doglover: Sports is like porn: The professionals can do amazing things, but the amateurs can be more fun to watch.

Why isn't porn a spectator sport?


img.fark.net

It kinda is. You just have to volunteer for the right place. :-|
 
2017-04-17 07:56:12 PM  

bionicjoe: dletter: beezeltown: Street cred for a coaching position. WNBA is like a Master's in women's basketball. Some college women's coaches makes multiple millions.

Good luck to her.

This.... you don't try to be the best in the WNBA or Arena Football, etc., because you are going to make tons of money while you are playing.... it is because then you can pretty much work up to be a head coach for 20-30 years making at minimum a middle class salary, or possibly much higher if you actually do well coaching.

To be honest even in the NFL or NBA very few people make lifetimes worth of money. Most get 2-5 years of good money. Then it's on to coaching if they're lucky.


Very true. Still beats the average recent college grad's financial experience.

I've worked with a few professional athletes as clients, and several others as coworkers. Most never did earn really big money.
 
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