Now the feminists are on the warpath and using the Griner case as proof that there is a pay disparity between men and women: the claim is that the WNBA makes less money than the NBA because they are women. You see, Griner wouldn’t have to play in Russia if the WNBA weren’t discriminating against women.
The two leagues aren’t even close to the same level of talent and revenue. It’s like claiming that the NY Yankees should pay the same to its players as the Hudson Valley Renegades because both are playing baseball.
Buying a ticket to see a WNBA game will cost you an average of $47. On average, attendance at a WNBA game is around 5,600. With a 40 game season, the result is about $63 million in ticket sales, league wide. Contrast that with the $6.4 billion in league revenue for the NBA.
The players in these two leagues aren’t being paid to play basketball. They are being paid to sell tickets to people who want to watch them play basketball. In the only metric that matters, sales, the NBA outpaces the WNBA 100 to 1. They aren’t paid less because they are women. They are paid less because people aren’t as willing to pay to watch them play. It’s simple economics. Most sports fans think that women’s sports are not worth paying to see.