LeBron James is a rich man, and he is making a lot of money for the Lakers. It might surprise you, but he earns more than the entire WNBA salary.
In the year A new collective bargaining agreement through 2021 has helped WNBA players make more money than they’re used to making. However, the gap between women’s and men’s sports still persists.
Star guard Jewell Lloyd is the WNBA’s highest paid player by year after signing a two-year, $463,030 contract with a salary of $231,515. Meanwhile, the lowest paid veteran in the NBA is $1.81 million.
The WNBA and women’s sports around the world are looking for ways to get equal pay, but the fight is long and hard. New Zealand broke ground when it announced that its women’s cricket team earns the same amount as its men’s team.
The NBA and WNBA are still ways off that mark. A post recently circulated showing how LeBron’s salary was more than the WNBA’s total salary, and if that doesn’t show the gap between the two leagues, nothing will.
This is a crazy statistic. Lebron actually gets paid more than the WNBA 🤯 pic.twitter.com/Ql7hd4qYQA
— NBA Memes (@NBAMEmes) July 31, 2022
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LeBron James and a host of NBA athletes earn more than the WNBA
In the year In 2021, the WNBA’s collective bargaining agreement gave players more money. The base super-max salary was set at $221,450 for the 2021 WNBA season, while the base max salary was $190,550.
The minimum a player can earn is $58,710. The new CBA also set a higher salary cap. The capital is set at 1,339,000 dollars. This money will be distributed among 11-12 players on the WNBA roster.
With 12 teams in the league, the nearly $1.3 million salary cap puts the league’s total payroll at $15.6 million. Of course, not all teams are caught on capital, and therefore the total salary of the league is at the previously mentioned mark of 12 million dollars.
LeBron James’ 2021 salary is three times his total salary. He earned $37 million that season, showing that he is head and shoulders above the league.
Of course, LeBron isn’t the only one doing more than the WNBA. Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, James Harden and nearly 100 other NBA players earned more than the WNBA’s $12 million.
These could be the highest paid NBA players for the 2022-23 season pic.twitter.com/A7EnFnTgxK
— NBA by ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 17, 2022
LeBron James’ figure is easy to compare as he’s the face of the NBA, but the numbers show how much work needs to be done to achieve equal pay and opportunities for men and women in sports.
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