Cappie Pondexter hopes new WNBA CBA helps produce more millionaires

Cappie Pondexter
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WNBA legend Cappie Pondexter has spoken her mind regularly about the gender wage gap.

The recent retiree and 2-time WNBA champion talked to Daniel Flores about the new CBA deal for the league. Some of its highlights include a higher salary cap and paid absence for players on maternity leave. The eight-year labor deal brings the average player salary to $130,000, the first time it reached six figures in WNBA history.

Pondexter referred to it as a “first step” and something that can be potentially groundbreaking.

I knew that I would never see a million dollars while I played, but I knew that one day I would be able to see a player make a million dollars in the WNBA.

The annual base salary for the highest-paid player in the WNBA goes up from $117,500 to $215,000. Those players currently include the likes of Candace Parker, Tina Charles, Chiney Ogwumike, and Skylar Diggins-Smith.

An NBA elite is guaranteed to become a multi-millionaire just in being so. It would be the case just from his NBA salary and then compounded by any endorsement deals. That kind of reality coming to fruition for females can be huge for the WNBA and its players, who more often than not have to play overseas in the offseason to keep themselves afloat.

The potential for that new reality is possible because of the step taken with this new CBA deal and players like Cappie Pondexter along the way.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. He has work experience in digital media and marketing, radio, and journalism. Currently, he does freelance work as a videographer and content creator. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, All Hip-Hop, and more. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first-ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA, Communications) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU. Follow Martin on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries


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