That includes Note Dame grads and it includes some, but not all business majors. When you figure she can make a lot of money the other 8 months of the year playing in Europe or doing something with broadcasting, and when you figure in endorsements that someone of her stature will get, that's not bad. Outside of the finance majors, engineers and those who go to professional school (in which case the debt keeps adding up)I don't think that many ND grads are making 6 figures by their 6th year out...
Granted for those who decide to do something outside of basketball when their playing days are done, they are behind their former classmates as far as applicable professional experience, but they certainly aren't barely scraping by while still playing even if it is nothing compared to their male peers.
of their area of expertise/specialty, like Griner, Delle Donne and Diggins.
The idea that she would make more right out of college if she decided to not play in the WNBA and simply got a "normal" job using her degree isn't accurate in my opinion. I also don't think $45,000 for 4months of work is terribly low.
Of, course I wish someone of her talent got paid closer to that of her NBA counterparts. However, the veteran minimum has increased significantly since the last time I checked, so that is a positive sign.
On a side note, the top history, anthropology or political science majors coming out of undergrad aren't going to make boatloads of money in year 1 although they will likely get a nice Fellowship to help as they pursue a PhD. It all depends on the field.
Probably significantly more.
I'm not sure how much of a barometer this is, but Hope Solo supposedly makes over six figures per year from Gatorade, which isn't her only major endorsement deal. Between basketball, endorsements, and appearance fees, I'm guessing Diggins could work her way into the $500k+ per year range, particularly in an Olympic year if she's on the USA team.
Candace Parker makes 400k from Nike and I don't even think that's per year.
WBB is a hard sport for marketers, it's a 3 month window and then we don't see them again until the following year.
She'll get some deals but 500k a year but will be very tough.
Or play overseas. Either way, she won't need to rely on her ND degree as a source of income for a long time, if ever.
Articulate, educated, tough, beautiful, funny (it seems anyway) AA. She will sell a lot of whatever it is she is promoting. I am hard pressed to think of a female athlete with more potential in the last 10 years, let alone the last year or two. She is more marketable than Hope Solo. Gabriella Reese, the volleyball player, is the only comparison that I can quickly come up with.
Not sure how Sklyar wants to play it, but she get a multitude of endorsements if she wanted to. Given the fact that she has a gazillion Twitter followers, my impressions is she understands her potential and has been thinking about ways to cash in -- at least a little bit. Her outside income will easily dwarf whatever she earns in the WNBA.
Griner may dominate the games, but Skyler will be the Mia Hamm of the WNBA
attention at all to women's basketball.
Are in the $20M range each year and their on court winnings make up only 2-3M of that, tops.
are tennis players. The two non-tennis players are Danica Patrick and a South Korean figure skater I've never heard of.
Taylor Swift - 26.3 million
Erin Andrews - 1.8 million
Alex Morgan - 1.1 million
Hope Solo - 669.3k
Skylar - 360k
Lolo Jones - 349.8k
Candace Parker - 173.5k
Louis Nix - 21.5k
Many of the WNBA stars have debated not playing in the WNBA because they can make a ton of money playing in Europe or Asia instead.
Maya Moore played in China last year.
Do the European and Asian leagues generate more TV and gate revenue? Is womens basketball more popular over there?
I think at least. I remember reading an article some time back on Americans playing in Russia and they had a free car and house while they were there and did not pay taxed on what they made.
Who have nothing better to do but spend their money. There's also rumors that a team is a good way to funnel money.
I've been told most arenas are sold out depending on size. Plus it's rare chance to see some of the American basketball stars.
There are roster rules where I think only two americans per team, so some players will get dual citizenship to be added to a certain team. Problem with that is that some of these same countries will then require you to play on the National team.
I believe a good WNBA player can earn upwards of 300K a year playing overseas.
It is a shame, but it's market driven here in the U.S.
Some WNBA players have even considered skipping the league altogether.
Diggins will be a rare exception because of U.S. endorsements and will make upwards of 500K a year in total compensation, I'm guessing.
Are these below the radar sports (or at least as they pertain to US interest) well attended in other countries? Is there really a big audience somewhere in some European country that is enamored with women's basketball?
I am just trying to relate that to US interest, attendance, and fandom. I guess the minor league baseball players are paid pretty well, but that's partly premised on trying to make another bigger league.
It would be weird to go to Finland and find out that Lisa Leslie is bigger than Michael Jordan.
Most of them don't make enough to live on. Last year, Mitch Mustain played for a White Sox class A team. He made $1,100 a month. That was $200 less than his NCAA-allowed stipend when he played football at Southern Cal.
of being a MLB player?
On an annualized basis, it is an okay starting salary which can be supplemented, greatly, by playing overseas during the winter months.