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Why Liz Cambage is right about Becky Hammon and the WNBA pay disparity issue – The Athletic

It was the tweet that garnered 3,600 retweets because Liz Cambage was right when she let out her disgust at the WNBA’s new pay disparity issue.

Becky Hammon, the new head coach of the Las Vegas Aces, will earn $1 million this season, her first in the role. That’s a gargantuan number for the league and perhaps a sign of the salary inflation the league may soon see as it continues to expand its business. But that didn’t go down well with Cambage, a free agent who played for the Aces last season.

The supermax salary cap for a WNBA player in 2022 is $228,094, a figure Cambage references in his tweet to derive Hammon’s salary nearly four times that much. Cambage earned just over $221,000 last season. Some of the league’s best players have the potential to make $500,000 in a season if they land one of the league’s player marketing deals.

Cambage’s shading is well placed. Not only is the difference easy to see, but it also reflects a big gap in the WNBA’s salary model for coaches and players, and perhaps speaks to how players are undervalued by the economy of the league.

For a coach to be the WNBA’s highest-paid player more than four times is completely out of step with any other major professional sport in North America. For a coach to earn more, at all, than the highest-paid player in the WNBA is completely out of step with any other major professional sport in North America.

Player salaries have risen by leaps and bounds over the past few decades in all professional sports and have created a disparity between coaches in these leagues. This was not reflected in the WNBA.