Caitlin Clark’s Disappointing WNBA Salary Is Causing A Big Stir

Caitlin Clark's Disappointing WNBA Salary Is Causing A Big Stir

Caitlin Clark’s WNBA Draft and Salary

Caitlin Clark fans were riding high on April 15th as the Iowa Hawkeyes star was selected as the No. 1 pick by the Indiana Fever in the 2024 WNBA draft.

Salary Revelation

And then her WNBA salary was revealed: Caitlin is set to earn $338K over the course of her four-year contract. “Mascots in the NBA make more than Caitlin Clark!” Yep, that’s right: Caitlin will earn just over $76K for the 2024 season, with her salary steadily increasing until her fourth and final year when she’ll still earn just $97K.

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Discontent and Social Media Reaction

Following the news of Caitlin’s meager WNBA salary, many fans hopped on social media to discuss. One user wrote, “Just popping on to say that Caitlin Clark’s salary is criminal and hopefully she will be making 10x that in endorsements because she deserves so much more.” “If I can sign with Gatorade, you can too.”

And another user pointed out that Caitlin is being paid less than some reality TV contestants.

Celebrity Commentary

Even some high-profile celebrities and athletes joined in on the discourse.

Jamie Lee Curtis took to Instagram and referred to Caitlin’s salary as “outrageous.”

NFL star Russell Wilson posted, “These ladies deserve so much more . . . Praying for the day.”

The POTUS himself, President Joe Biden, also seemed to weigh in, posting, “Women in sports continue to push new boundaries and inspire us all. But right now we’re seeing that even if you’re the best, women are not paid their fair share.

It’s time that we give our daughters the same opportunities as our sons and ensure women are paid what they deserve.”

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Counterarguments and Perspective

Still, not everyone is on board with the discourse surrounding Caitlin’s WNBA salary—namely when it comes to NBA vs. WNBA comparisons.

Journalist and author Jemele Hill told “The 11th Hour,” “You have to throw the NBA comparison out the window. The NBA had a 50-year head start . . . the WNBA is 27 years in.”

According to Hill, WNBA players are not fighting for pay equity compared to that of the NBA players.

Instead, “They are fighting to get more of the revenue action being brought into the WNBA. They just want—now that the league is in a healthier place—they want to make more money. It’s as simple as that.”

“If you think women deserve more, it’s really simple: buy the merchandise, watch the games, go to the games. That is the best defense!”

WNBA Expansion and Future Prospects

Speaking of revenue action, the WNBA’s commissioner, Cathy Engelbert, told a gaggle of reporters on April 15th that she was “pretty confident” that the league will increase to 16 teams by 2028. But that’s not all.

She also told CNBC that she hoped to “at least double” their media rights.

“Women’s sports rights fees have been undervalued for too long, so we have this enormous opportunity at a time when [. . .] the media landscape is changing so much.”

Maybe then Caitlin will get an opportunity to renegotiate her contract.

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