May 31, 2002 |
Johnny Buss, president of the Sparks, may be fined by the WNBA for remarks published Saturday in The Times regarding player salaries. Neither league nor Spark officials would comment Thursday, but sources said WNBA Commissioner Val Ackerman was "infuriated" by Buss' comments. Buss said he would like to see salaries increase by 50%, or even double. The minimum salary for a veteran is $40,000 a season. Players negotiate salaries with the league, not individual teams.
May 14, 1999
A guest list of sports figures to be featured on TV and radio from today through Thursday: * Mark Rypien --"Up Close," today, 3 p.m., ESPN * Oscar Robertson --"SportsCentury" (Athlete No. 36), today, 7:30 p.m., ESPN * Mark Grace --"The Last Word," today, 6:30 p.m. and midnight, Fox Sports West * WNBA President Val Ackerman, The Times' Tim Kawakami --"The Irv Kaze Show," Saturday, 5-6 p.m., KIEV (870) * Larry Brown --"Goin' Deep," Sunday, 9 p.m.
May 29, 2000 |
Shaquille O'Neal, the highest-paid player in the NBA, makes roughly a $17.4-million salary this season. Cynthia Cooper, the highest-paid player in the NBA's subsidiary, the WNBA, makes $75,798, which is her base salary and doesn't include endorsement income.
April 30, 1999 |
The WNBA and its players union, the Women's National Basketball Players Assn., said they had come to terms Thursday on a four-year contract and that the league's players were expected to ratify it today and Saturday. Of course, that's what was said by both sides last week. Last-minute issues arose, forcing more negotiations and postponement of the April 27 draft, now rescheduled for Tuesday.
January 24, 1998 |
Katie Smith scored 30 points and Valerie Still added 22 as the Columbus Quest defeated the Philadelphia Rage, 76-71, in front of 2,744 at Philadelphia on Friday. In the season series between the teams, the win was the fifth consecutive for the Quest (26-7) in six games against the Rage (11-22). New England 85, Seattle 81--Dale Hodges made a layup and two free throws in the final 44 seconds to help the Blizzard preserve the victory over the Reign at Hartford.
August 18, 2000 |
Say "Wow." That's what WNBA President Val Ackerman said Thursday, in handing over the WNBA's most valuable player trophy to Houston's Sheryl Swoopes. "I don't think I've ever seen a Houston Comets game, in person or on TV, when I haven't heard someone say, 'Wow. Did you see that?' referring to something Sheryl had done," Ackerman said.