Biden Sparks Controversy, Backs Equal Pay for Female Athletes Amid Caitlin Clark’s WNBA Salary Debate

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Biden called on women to “get paid what they deserve” as a heated debate raged in online forums about salaries for the WNBA following Caitlin’s selection at No. 1 overall in the draft.

Biden posted a message about women’s sports on X.

Biden wrote, “Women continue to push boundaries in sports and inspire us all.” “But we are seeing right now that women, even when they’re the best in their field, don’t get paid fairly.”

It’s time to give our daughters equal opportunities and pay women what they deserve.

Biden’s announcement came just hours after Indiana Fever had selected Clark as the first pick in the draft. Cameron Brink went No. Cameron Brink was ranked No. The Chicago Sky took the third spot. Spotrac, which provided information on WNBA salaries in response to the draft, has increased interest.

Clark’s rookie contracts were posted on the online contract-centric website. Clark is likely to sign a deal worth $338,056 over four years. In 2024 she will earn $76,535 and this amount will rise each year. If she chooses the team option in 2027, her earnings will be $97,582.

Jewell Loyd, Kahleah Copper of the Phoenix Mercury, and Arike Ogunbowale of the Dallas Wings are among the highest-paid WNBA players. According to Spotrac, they all earn nearly $242,000 a year.

Spotrac’s Michael Ginnitti noted that revenue is being divided up. While athletes like Russell Wilson have called for women to be paid more, Spotrac has made note of the way revenue is shared.

He wrote: “The way revenue is shared is the biggest stumbling block to the growth of WNBA players’ compensation,” he said on X. According to the 2020 CBA the league has to reach a budgeted annual revenue threshold before revenue sharing is implemented.

The ability of players to capitalize on the overall increase in revenue is still limited. “Change is imminent.”

Clark, just like many athletes who have graduated from college, can earn money through NIL deals. Clark has contracts with State Farm Panini America, Nike, and others.

According to the league, in September, the 2023 WNBA regular season had the highest average viewership in 21 years. This included 505,000 viewers on ESPN, ABC, and CBS. WNBA attendance also increased by 16% compared with last year. In 2023, the average attendance was 6,615 and the total attendance was 1,587,488.