"In order to make money, you need to spend money," Olympic hockey gold medalist and recent Chicago Red Stars investor Kendall Coyne Schofield told "On Her Turf at the Olympics" on Monday. Coyne Schofield joined NBC Olympics basketball analyst Monica McNutt and "On Her Turf at the Olympics" co-hosts MJ Acosta-Ruiz and Lindsay Czarniak for a discussion on investment in women's sports, or the lack thereof. ( Full video of the roundtable segment is embedded above. ) The show opened with a staggering statistic. It would take 350 WNBA salaries – or 2.4 times the available roster spots – to match the salary of NBA champion Steph Curry alone. Yes. The Golden State Warrior guard is paid more than the salary cap for nearly three women's basketball leagues. That said, the NBA wasn't always multi-million dollar contracts and premium sponsorships. It took investment. Not just by way of big or even just livable salaries. It takes investment in what Coyne Schofield called the infrastructure worth of professional sports. That includes training facilities, venues, housing, and yes, salaries. "Everything that it ultimately takes to be professional goes into a proper infrastructure and that ultimately allows the players to put the best… Read full this story
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