NBA mascot earns three times more than WNBA players

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Los Angeles (USA) (EFE) .- The Denver Nuggets mascot of the NBA earns almost triple that of the highest paid players in the WNBA, a salary disparity that has reignited the controversy due to the huge difference between the salaries of both leagues.

The Sport Business Journal portal detailed this week that Rocky the Mountain Lion, the Nuggets mascot, earns $625,000 a year, making the person behind the suit the highest paid NBA mascot.

Harry the hawk of the Atlanta Hawks, who earns $600,000 a year, isn’t far off either.

These significant salaries for the Nuggets and Hawks mascots contrast with the situation for WNBA players, who for the 2022 season had a maximum contract salary of $228,094.

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Three WNBA personalities reached the maximum salary this year: the legendary Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd (both Seattle Storm).

For comparison, Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, was the highest paid of the 2021-2022 season in the NBA with $ 45.78 million in salary in this course alone (apart from that there are other income such as sponsorships or investments where stars like LeBron James earn much more than on the field).

In this sense, Rocky the Mountain Lion’s salary has been used in the networks in recent days as one more example of the gigantic gender pay disparity in North American basketball.

“I can learn to be a mascot,” tweeted Angel McCoughtry, the WNBA’s leading scorer in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, on Wednesday.

The controversy over the low salaries of WNBA players is nothing new and before the start of last season there was also a stir when it was learned that Becky Hammon, coach of the Las Vegas Aces, would charge a million dollars per course, that is to say, four times more than the maximum salary for players.

Web editor: Juan David Mosos


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