10Jewel Loyd, USA, Basketball
The salary difference between the NBA and the WNBA is astounding. The maximum salary for the best WNBA players, such as Loyd and Chiney Ogwumike, is only $117,500, with most players in the league making less than $80,000 per year. This compares to the NBA max contract which is paying Stephen Curry $34.7 million to play for the Golden State Warriors.
When the 25% revenue split for WNBA players doesn’t help their earning power, it is the giant TV deal boasted by the men that makes for the disparity.