"All for equality but let's not go overboard. WNBL players are semi professional at best, that's just what it plainly is. They don’t train as often as NBL players, do not attract nowhere near the attention (sadly) and are paid accordingly."
Not sure how much you even understand about professional women in sport and that includes the WNBL
They train the same amount of hours as any male athlete in the same sport, do gym and weight sessions the same as any male counterpart , give up as much time as any male counterpart ..... but in addition to this they also ( most of them not all) need to subsidies their pay because bills don’t recognise gender sadly, a female will still have the same mortgage/rent as a male, same utilities bills, same health/house /car insurance , many of these women also have children to care for , and are the primary caters, unlike the men who can focus purely on their sport as they have wives to do all the mundane daily jobs, like cooking washing cleaning and running around after children
So you ignorant view on “semiprofessional at best” only proves you really know not understand what it actually takes for these women to be “professional athletes”
The federal government gave Foxtel 33 million last year to put women’s sports in a public focus to address the unequal promotions of women’s sports , what did they do, they put one game a week on, then filled other spots with reruns from years ago of men’s basketball
They have been given a further 10 million fir this season, only channel that shows the WNBA is NITV the indigenous channel, they didn’t get a penny of that money
If the sport isn’t promoted it does not get the following, if it doesn’t get the following , why would sponsors put money into it, if it doesn’t get the sponsors , how can they get a better pay rate
The inequality is palpable within all sports but especially in basketball, and much of it starts with ignorant uninformed attitudes like “women are not professionals “