The WNBA coach of Brittney Griner, Vanessa Nygaard, recently compared the WNBA’s top player to Tom Brady and claimed recently that sexism is behind why she isn’t home yet.
When asked whether she thought the Biden administration was doing enough to help Griner, Nygaard responded, “The coverage of women’s sports and the coverage of women athletes is really the concern here.”
“I mean the question is, would Tom Brady be home? But, Tom Brady wouldn’t be there, right?” Nygaard asked.
Nygaard then stated that it would be “Because he doesn’t have to go to a foreign country to supplement his income from the WNBA.”
Unfortunately for Nygaard, the reality is that the WNBA doesn’t generate anywhere near the profit that the NFL does.
In fact, according to a 2020 breakdown, one of the main reasons that the WNBA remains in existence is that it is subsidized by the NBA, which is able to sustain this $10 million loss every year.
The WNBA generates revenues of $60 million annually, but it also has costs in excess of $70 million annually, it was reported at the time.
In addition, over 83% of the revenue comes from ticket sales, rather than ad revenue or jersey sales.
In comparison to the NBA’s over $8.3 billion revenue per year, only about $3 billion comes from ticket sales which equates to a little more than 35% of the NBA’s total revenue.
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