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WNBA Players and Community React to NBA’s New “Select” G League Salaries – Basketball Society

This week the NBA reportedly agreed to a new way for high school basketball players to begin their pro careers. They will be offered a “professional path” to the G League with select $125k base salaries, giving players an alternative to the “one-and-done” route.

It didn’t take long for the news to garner responses from the WNBA community. Players like Chiney Ogwumike, A’ja Wilson, and Brittney Griner shared their reactions on social media.

The wage gap between NBA and WNBA players has always been a travesty, but this year it’s become more of an ongoing public conversation with players, fans, and even media speaking out.

WNBA star Cappie Pondexter suggested that players would be encouraged to engage in a formal strike if some of the league’s top stars led the charge, and has been vocal about the gender wage gap for pro female hoopers. WNBA guard Skylar Diggins-Smith wrote an essay on Wealthsimple about the subject over the summer.

Of course, these kinds of reactions from Wilson, Griner, and Ogwumike take even more precedent, because the salaries being offered to teenagers are more than the maximum contracts for WNBA players, which is nothing short of insulting.

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