Women’s Basketball Coaches Get Paid Less Than Male Counterparts
6:15 pm, April 3rd | by Amy Tennery
Today in news that will shock your pants off: Coaches of women’s NCAA basketball teams get paid less than coaches of men’s NCAA basketball teams. I’m sorry, I should have asked if you were sitting down first.
This news comes from the New York Times today, which notes that while the median pay for women’s team coaches has increased by 28 percent in the last four years, up to around $171,600, it’s still roughly half of what the coaches for men’s teams make. You’d think maybe we’d have some kind of legislation to address that kind of issue — or something.
Of course, as we noted last month, NCAA women’s basketball teams adhere to a whole other set of regulations, which bar many of its players from the same recruitment opportunities as the men’s squads. And since it’s rather difficult to get people excited about college athletes when they’re not considered viable recruits for the pros anytime soon, it’s not a huge shock that NCAA women’s teams are lagging behind in terms of dollars invested.
So, women’s athletics not as lucrative as men’s. Lesson learned.
(Image via NCAA.com)