Mark Jackson Offers Opinion on WNBA Salaries After Brittney Griner Situation
With Brittney Griner safely home for the holidays, the conversation is now shifting. In an interview with TMZ, ESPN broadcaster Mark Jackson was not asked about her captivity in Russia–but rather why she was there in the first place.
Griner, like many WNBA players was playing overseas during the offseason to make more money than her salary in America. Jackson hopes that the WNBA will allow players to be paid more so that they don’t have a need to play in other places.
“Hopefully, financially we put these women professional athletes, specifically the WNBA, in position where they don’t have to add additional income to their accounts,” Jackson said.
Another sport offers an example of a possible approach. To increase the pay of the women’s national team, the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams split all World Cup earnings. The landmark agreement saw U.S. soccer become “the first Federation in the world to equalize FIFA World Cup prize money,” per CNN. The men’s knockout stages of this year’s World Cup saw the women’s national team make more money than they did when they won the World Cup in 2015 or 2019.. Jackson was quickly asked if a similar resolution between the WNBA-NBA would be ideal.
” “With all due respect, that’s not fair or that’s what the answer is,” Jackson said. “I think we need to pay the women more money, obviously.”
Jackson went on to explain that he believes that WNBA players should get paid the same percentage of profits as NBA players do, but added, “Let’s make it right without having to ask someone else.”
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