Skylar Diggins-Smith Rumors
Pandora is launching UNINTERRUPTED Radio, a brand new and exclusive station that features music selected by top NBA and WNBA players. With UNINTERRUPTED, listeners get access to the very soundtracks that top athletes listen to on and off the court, including those curated and used by LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, Trae Young, A’ja Wilson, Draymond Green, Lonzo Ball, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Tobias Harris, Angel McCoughtry and others.
The organization, called More Than a Vote, will partly be aimed at inspiring African-Americans to register and to cast a ballot in November. But as the name of the group suggests, Mr. James and other current and former basketball stars — including Trae Young, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Jalen Rose — will go well beyond traditional celebrity get-out-the-vote efforts.
During one of those interviews, with Wealthsimple magazine, Skylar Diggins-Smith called out Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for not having attended any Wings games. She also cited her “low-six figures” salary and the $24 million made last season by Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes as an example of basketball gender injustice.
What we didn’t know was that Diggins-Smith and Cuban met for about 90 minutes at the Mavericks’ offices, at Cuban’s invitation, shortly after her salary-gap comments. Neither Diggins-Smith, nor Cuban, publicized the meeting. We only know about it now because Cuban mentioned it in conversation before the Mavericks’ home opener Saturday, when he was asked whether he has any advice for the WNBA in the wake of Borders’ departure.
“I met with Skylar Diggins and this is exactly what I told her,” Cuban said. “I said, ‘You’ve got to go out there and create new properties. You’re not going to all of a sudden double WNBA interest so that you can get a huge TV contract to save the day. But what you can do, because the WNBA is so much bigger, dramatically bigger, outside the U.S. than it is in the U.S., there’s players that won’t play here because they make more money overseas.
In an interview with WealthSimple, Skylar Diggins-Smith said, “Players in the NBA get about 50 percent of the revenue. For women, the percentage is in the twenties. So before we even talk about base salary or anything like that, we don’t even get paid the same percentage of the revenue that we bring in, which is kind of unbelievable.”
Diggins-Smith says 90 percent of WNBA players go overseas in the offseason, earning much higher wages. “I’m at a loss for words sometimes, talking about this,” Diggins-Smith told WealthSimple. “It’s unfortunate that men make more money for the same amount of work, or even less work.”