A scene that prompted criticism of the WNBA’s charter flight policy.


As excitement builds for Caitlin Clark’s upcoming WNBA debut, discussions surrounding the league’s charter flight policy have taken center stage among fans and media alike.

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For years, WNBA players have voiced concerns about having to fly commercial while their male counterparts enjoy the luxury of private charters.

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WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert has cited financial constraints, stating that the league cannot currently afford to provide charter flights for its teams. However, hopes are high that this could change with the signing of a new media rights deal, which has the potential to generate upwards of $100 million annually.

“There’s no way any male sport has charter travel without a huge media rights deal,” Englelbert said.

“You’re not gonna jeopardize the financial stability of this league, I’m telling you. If the players got what they wanted right now – look, I want it for them too – but they’re not going to have jobs in three to five years if we did it today.”

Clark addressed the issue

The issue resurfaced recently as footage emerged of Clark walking through a crowded Dallas airport with security detail in tow, with fans awkwardly filming her every move.

The scene prompted renewed criticism of the WNBA’s charter flight policy, with many questioning why female athletes continue to be subjected to less-than-ideal travel conditions.

Clark herself addressed the issue earlier in the week, adding her voice to the chorus of those advocating for change within the league.

“Hopefully it changes in the near future, but for now that’s just what it is,” she said.

“Everyone is dealing with the same thing, so you can’t use it as an excuse.”