NBA star Damian Lillard thinks WNBA players need better pay.
In the 17-18 season, the average salary for an NBA player was more than $5 million, while the WNBA had an average salary of $50,000.
“They deserve to make a lot more money than they do,” Lillard stated to the Bleacher Report. “I think it’s time people start recognizing that they are professional athletes and they should be treated like it.”
Many believe the pay gap is because of game attendance, but there are other factors at play, too. According to Forbes, NBA players get 50% of league revenue, while WNBA players get less than 25% of league revenue — and the number is getting smaller.
“Let’s be clear, there is a lot of sexism that still goes on,” WNBA president Lisa Borders said to Forbes. “People do not believe that women can be superb professional athletes. That frankly is an ignorant perspective.”
This unfair athlete pay gap isn’t just a problem in basketball. There were no women players on Forbes’ 2018 list of the highest-paid athletes and last year, Serena Williams was the only women to make the magazine’s list.