Bradley Beal advocating for WNBA stars to ‘get paid’ like they deserve
Washington Wizards All-Star guard Bradley Beal has come out as one of the many advocates promoting equality among NBA and WNBA players. To be more specific, the 26-year-old recently stated in his article for The Players’ Tribune that he believes that WNBA players need to be paid much more than they are currently earning.
These women need to get paid, and they need to get treated like the stars that they are.
The disparity between NBA and WNBA players has always been very prevalent. While some NBA stars continue to rake in salaries by the hundreds of millions, even the brightest of WNBA superstars do not even come close to the mind-boggling figures thrown at their male counterparts.
It could be argued, however, that the amount of money paid to NBA stars is merely commensurate to the income brought in by the league and their respective teams. The NBA obviously represents a much bigger market compared to the WNBA, which only means that the league and its teams earn much more profit from basketball-related activities. This provides teams with bigger budgets to offer their stars with hundreds of millions of dollars in salaries.
Then again, Beal also argues here that it isn’t only about the money. According to the 6-foot-5 shooting guard, he also believes that WNBA stars should be treated with a higher level of respect and admiration. They are professional athletes after all, and it is indeed unfair how some outlets treat them differently primarily due to gender discrimination.