Time to get out your party hats girls, Monica Abbott has just given us something to celebrate. Abbott, a 30-year old southpaw has just taken women sports to a whole other level.
According to espnW, Abbott inked a million dollar deal signing with the expansion team the Scrap Yard Dawgs of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. This contract is believed to be the most for an individual American professional franchise to an active female athlete in team sports. Her deal is structured over a six-year period where she’ll get $20,000 per year along with easily attainable attendance bonuses.
Normally in the NPF, teams have a paltry salary cap of $150,000 for a roster of 18. Most players are lucky to be be making four figures in the three-month season which consists of 50 games. So this deal sends a clear message to Abbott from the Dawgs front office.
In a press release by the team, Abbott said she is thrilled to help lead her new team in the NPF this year. “It is an incredible honor to represent a first-class organization and I look forward to finishing out my career there over the next six years and helping make the Scrap Yard Dawgs a household name in the local, national, and international community.”
There’s been a lot of talk about equality lately and it started with the women’s soccer team. Rightfully so. Is this further evidence that the world is finally paying attention?
Cheri Kempf, the NFP league commissioner seems to have been paying attention. She had this to say in the espnW article.
“I think it’s a proud moment for National Pro Fastpitch. But I think it goes further than that. I think it’s a proud moment for women in professional sports in this country. I feel glad that it’s happening in the league. I’m glad that we’re going to lead the way, in some respects.”