Challenging the Status Quo

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With the 2015 WNBA season underway, I want to bring your attention to a matter that is rarely discussed, but is necessary for the growth of the women’s game. Every year, the NBA Draft is flooded with underclassmen who decide to leave college early to punch their tickets to fulfill a lifelong dream. However, this isn’t the case for female basketball players. With a few exceptions, they usually exhaust their eligibility to get their degrees whether they plan to play professionally or not, mainly because the WNBA salaries are like minimum wage compared to what NBA players make. In addition to the WNBA, players have to play overseas just to break six figures, while the average NBA player can earn six figures just for showing up. ¬†Although, the WNBA is barely tw0-decades old, has shorter seasons and fewer teams and sponsors, the financial disparity is wide. Now, the veterans and star players such as Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi have million dollar networths after endorsements, but the WNBA currently has a maximum salary of $107,000 annually. Some of the coaches make more than double the salary of star players. Continue reading “Challenging the Status Quo”

Minor Progression in Sport and Society

The following segment debuted in February as a part of “SportsCenter’s” Black History Month special. It’s still timely because it highlights how sport mirrors society in a way that we have made progression but we’re still not fully where we need to be when it comes to topics such as race and gender. ESPN Sports Columnist Jemele Hill sits down with 13-year-old, multi-sport star Mo’ne Davis and six-time Olympic, track and field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee to discuss these issues.

Giving a Voice to the Voiceless: The Imani McGee-Stafford Story

There’s more to Imani McGee-Stafford than what meets the eye. The University of Texas center not only uses basketball as an escape, but she also uses poetry as a form of expression to release her pain and pour hope into others. Lives have been and will be saved because of her boldness to speak up and out about her struggles. Here’s her story: