The NBA Should Enforce a Hard Salary Cap How many of you sports fans out there are sick of paying twenty-five dollars for a lousy seat at an NBA game? How many of you are sick of seeing the same teams in the finals every year? I'm sure there are thousands of you out there that feel this way, as do I. The way we can fix these problems is to demand that the NBA enforce a hard salary cap. A hard salary cap would lower ticket prices, allow for more teams to be more competitive and eliminate the possibility of any future lockouts.
Two of the best Tennis players today, Serena Williams and Roger Federa have a completely different pay gap and yet they play the same sport and play the same number of sets and matches. Serena’s pay is $495,000 and Rodgers pay are almost double Serena’s pay of $731,000. Men and Women play the same Tennis all around the world and women are paid significantly less than males in the sport of Tennis. In Basketball the pay gap between men and women is ridiculous, the women playing in the WNBA are paid $38,000 and the Men playing in the NBA get paid $525,000, yes women only play a season of 34 games and the Men play an 82-game long season but its sill outrageous that women are paid one fifth of the lowest paid player in the NBA. Two years ago, 52 players in the NBA were paid more than the women in the WNBA.
“College basketball dominated the scene, while professional teams were struggling with Depression-era financial concerns. The 1930s were the toughest years for basketball. Basketball went through many changes during the 1930s with new organizations and new rules coming in to play” (American Decades 1930s). During the Depression- era most athletes had their big paychecks cut in half or even more because there was no money to be given to them. Their checks ranged from $10, 000 - $80,000 a year depending on how great of a player they were; Babe Ruth was paid $80, 000 during his time as a professional baseball player.
Greenfield also cites that over the last two decades, no more than three white players have been among the ten starting players on the NBA All-Star team (Greenfield 209). David Wolf claims this dominance of blacks in the NBA is due to a natural inheritance. Wolf says basketball is a pastime of the urban poor since the fact most of them don’t have finances to access equipment for hockey, baseball, football, or other fairly expensive sports. And basketball is something they can feel pride about (Greenfield 210-211). Most of the urban poor are the black.
Women have an extreme disadvantage when it comes to this because they are not popular in means of sporting events, they don’t have as many fans, don’t have a lot of people to buy the merchandise, and they don’t have the money to treat you with a higher salary. You don’t see contracts in the WNBA like you do in the NBA, for example the salary cap for each team in the WNBA is $878,000, while the NBA is $58 million. (Garland, 2012). That is a huge difference for playing the same sport in the same country. This also goes hand in hand with endorsements.
For the girls I use a girls’ basketball and for the guys I will use a guys’ basketball. The ball will make a big factor because girls are used to shooting with their size of ball and guys are used to shooting with their size. A bigger ball I have noticed is harder for a girl to shoot because a girl’s ball is a bit smaller than a guys’ ball so therefore they would have to apply more force when shooting the ball to make it go in. Works Cited North Carolina State Engineers. (n.d.).
Due to these great wages being paid in particularly in the sport of basketball, the games greatness is being lost. One example of the extreme pay an athlete can achieve is shown by an athlete named Michael Jordan. This basketball player is being paid thirty million dollars for the 96 - 97 season. Last year for the season of 95 - 96, Jordan was only being paid 3.5 million. While being paid this salary, Jordan hardly ever complained too much even though the amount Jordan was being paid was very low for the NBA.
Even in a female dominated sport like gymnastics, the men coaches were paid more on average (Feminist Majority Foundation). Women coaches aren't just short changed on their salary, the Division I athletic department spent more than twice as much money on recruiting male athletes (Welch). The NCAA found that men receive 70% scholarship money, 77% of operating budgets, and 83% recruiting money (Feminist Majority Foundation). As of women athletes performing, in 1972, women comprised only 15.6 % of college athletes, and as of 1993 the percentage has grown to 34.8 % (Feminist Majority Foundation). COACHING POSITIONS All Division I Male coaches Female coaches Head coaches of me... ... middle of paper ... ..." Newsweek, 09/01/97.
For NBA players in the 2015-2016 season, the minimum salary is $525,093, the maximum salary is $16.407 million, and the team salary cap is an all-time high of $70 million. David Berri’s article on, “Basketball’s gender wage is even worse than you think,” he talks about that in 2013-14, the Phoenix Suns employed Dionte Christmas for 198 minutes. For those minutes–the only minutes Christmas has ever played in the National Basketball Association–he was paid the league minimum of $490,180. However, Diana Taurasi made the All-Women 's National Basketball Association First Team in 2014 and helped the Phoenix Mercury win the league 's championship. That season, she was paid the WNBA maximum salary of $107,500.
Walmart is the largest American corporation and the owners are among America’s richest families. Walmart corporation needs to raise their annual income to employees, lower their medical benefits costs and create a better work environment for their employees. Walmart takes away revenue that local businesses recieve and puts them out of business, this causes a larger loss of jobs than Walmart provides. For every job created by Walmart, two jobs are lost, it doesn’t create jobs in fact, it destroys local business and causes the smaller business to close up and locals lose jobs. They reduce local retail employment by 2.7% in every co... ... middle of paper ... ...ecessary income to support their families with good pay and benefits.