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You all may have heard by now that Diana Taurasi is being paid by her Russian club to sit out this upcoming WNBA season. First let me start by saying that I do not blame her and it was the best decision for her to make. My concern is what this means for the WNBA moving forward. This is not a new issue as it has been a problem for the league since it began.
I have read many articles and comments on the matter and there is one consistent theme: THE WNBA SHOULD PAY THEIR PLAYERS MORE!
Sure, but how can they do that when players salary is based off of revenue? This goes back to the reason why I started this blog to begin with. These players need more exposure and every opportunity I get I mention the WNBA to someone (people get really annoyed by me especially in the Summer). There are a couple of Russian clubs that have money to blow and they treat their players like royalty. The do not mind losing money so how can the WNBA compete with that?
I think that we will begin to see more of this especially as star players age. They are on the grind all year and as Sue Bird mentioned in a piece from the New York Times its easier to do in your 20s and this situation will only happen for a small group of WNBA players, it will just happen to be their best players.
I am not sure how many of you read the article about Kristi Toliver during last season but upon reading that I became very worried. The only leverage the WNBA has is that the most competitive league and its what truly makes these players better. They are literally going against the best every night.
As a fan I am worried, but not too much because the future looks promising. As Kate Fagan mentioned in her ESPNW piece we will have to just hope they the players will continue to be emotionally invested in playing for the WNBA because they definitely do not do it for the money. Other star players have been offered by their overseas clubs to sit out for the WNBA but they do not take it because they want to help the WNBA grow.
In the end player’s health is most important and I am okay with her sitting out if it means we get more seasons from Taurasi. The WNBA has been put on notice and they should try to make an effort to increase pay. As Fagan suggested maybe they can limit the number of max salary players on each team or decrease the head coach salary. These players hit the ground running after college and it does not stop unless breaks like this are taken. I would put my worry level on a scale from 1-10 at about a 7 but I have a feeling this was the opening of Pandora’s box.
There was an interview from Taurasi before last season during media day where she stated that she loved coming back to Phoenix and playing for the “best fans in the league” and that it definitely was not the money" which further drives me to promote this league because they really do love playing for American fans and being closer to their families.
Rest up DT! We will be here for you when you come back!
A Fan's Perspective: Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson
Oh what a day today has been. I could
not believe the news that popped up as I was scrolling my timeline. Funny thing
is that the good things that happen within the WNBA, community work and
anything about the talent or level of play, it never shows up on my timeline
nor is it ever trending on Twitter. It really grinds my gears that the WNBA
gets national coverage only when something bad has happened with the players.
It is for this reason that I started this site. I understand it’s a story
because Griner has become one of the most dominate players in the league, but
still for this to be making headlines is a terrible look for the league.
The WNBA has had to fight the
stigma that its only lesbians playing the game which always upset me. If you
all have noticed I could care less about what happens in these players personal
lives or who they choose to sleep with, but when it effects the WNBA negatively
I have to speak up! Griner and Johnson should have done a better job of
controlling the argument before it became physical or so loud that someone else
called the cops. They had to have known that they had nosey neighbors waiting
on them to mess up. Either way it happened. Now the question is how will the
league handle it? The WNBA’s personal conduct policy is not public like the NFL’s
so I am not sure what they would do. They should not have to miss more than
four games if any.
Another thing that grinds my gears
is the fact that social media is framing this as if Griner is a woman beater.
Seriously? Johnson is almost as big as she is and just because Griner is more masculine
it does not mean that she was the one that made things get physical. Nobody
knows what actually happened but them and they are not pressing charges with
each other according to TMZ ugh. Two entities that should never go together,
WNBA and TMZ unless it’s a fluff type thing when they asked Candace Parker who
would win a dunk contest between her and Griner. I am glad that they did not
hurt each other too bad and according to the TMZ update they will not be
breaking up but TMZ is hardly a reliable source. We cannot even be sure that
the quotes from this attorney are legit. Hopefully we will not hear any more of
these types of stories, it is really disappointing when things like this shed a
negative light on the most successful profession women’s basketball league.
Please share your thoughts. You can
email at WNBALove@gmail.com. Tweet
@WNBALove or inbox via tumblr. I really want to know what you all think. Should
they get suspended? How do you think this effects the WNBA?