Monica Abbott is sure to be a trendsetter in the world of womens competitive sport in this week signing a deal of $1 million dollars over a 6 year period. This during a period where the equality of pay in between men and woman are under the spotlight, this is sure to set some fire under others to follow suit.
Looking at the detail of the deal, the contract guaranteed a total of $120,000 with $780,000 in potential bonuses — not $1 million straight-up. Because the NPF’s salary cap is set at $150,000 split between at least 18 players, the average pro softball player earns $5,000 to $6,000. This means that Abbott’s deal is significant in breaking these trends and what it would mean for the ladies game.
Abbott, however, will earn a base salary of $20,000 per season — an amount that a few other NPF players make, according to espnW — and will earn the remaining cash in bonuses based on fan attendance (minimum of 100 fans) for games her team plays in, home or away. She doesn’t even have to pitch in the game to earn the prospective bonus — just show up to the stadium.