The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) has been around since April 1996. Being a counterpart to the National Basketball Association (NBA), the majorly of teams in the WNBA share the market with an NBA team. Even at one point, all of the teams in the WNBA were owned by the NBA. However although the WNBA is closely related to the NBA, the difference in popularity between the two leagues is literally the different between day and night. But the popularity factor isn’t even the sad part. The sad part is the WNBA players make very little money compared to the NBA players.

(Many WNBA players like, guard Erin Thorn of Chicago Sky, are extremely talented yet make much less than your typical NBA player)

You know how much the average NBA player makes? The average Joe in the NBA makes at least $5.15 million. Even the 15th man off of the bench makes at least $2 to $3 million a year. I won’t even get into how much guys likes LeBron James and Kevin Durant make. Guess how much a top tier player in the WNBA can at expect to make in a life time? A little bit over $100,000. It amazes the difference in the amount of money being made between the two leagues. The problem is that WNBA players simply cannot draw in the amount of fans and money that a NBA superstar can. Why is this?

I’m a fan of basketball. I can literally sit down and watch male players, female players and even little kids play and be entertained. But the WNBA seems to struggle with getting a strong fan base to rally behind it. Perhaps the idea of no female players soaring through the air like LeBron James is a turn off for most casual viewers. Or maybe the lack of physically simply is not enough to please the average viewer. I honestly feel that most people who are not WNBA fans are simply not willing to give it a try. The way I see it if you’re truly a hardcore basketball fan then you won’t find any basketball game boring, regardless of who’s playing.

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