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The NCAA reports that 10.5% of baseball players will go from college to pro, followed by 4.1% of collegiate ice hockey players, and 2% of collegiate football players. At 1.9%, men’s soccer and women’s basketball at 1% make up the population of players who are least likely to play at a professional level after college.
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During the last Olympic games, a whopping 150 athletes used GoFundMe or other crowdfunding platforms to fund their expenses associated with the games. Source: Observer, US Fencer’s GoFundMe Highlights Pay Disparity Amongst Olympic Athletes. There is tremendous disparity when it comes to athletes’ incomes across gender and the type of sport.
In 2018, the top 100 highest-paid athletes earned $3.8 billion, a 23% jump over the previous year. However, there were zero female athletes on this list. In previous years, there has been at least one, and as many as three.
The top WNBA salary was $117,500 last season, compared to the top salary of $37.4 million in the NBA. The team salary cap for the National Pro Fastpitch softball league is $175,000; the Boston Red Sox will split $227 million amongst their entire roster in 2019.
Commercial investment and media coverage of women’s sport remains shockingly low, particularly in comparison to the deals done in men’s sport. Women’s sports sponsorships accounted for only 0.4% of total sports sponsorships between 2011 and 2013. Media coverage of women’s sports shows a similar level of disparity – women’s sports accounts for only 7% of total sports coverage.