The Clubhouse: No days off for WNBA’s Seimone Augustus

The life and salary of even a star WNBA player often means going overseas and no offseasons

While the max salary in the WNBA tops out just under $110,000 a year, many female basketball stars spend their offseasons plying their trade overseas for double or triple that amount. Russia has become the top destination for talent, with billionaire owners willing to spend to build a winning franchise. For players like Seimone Augustus, this adds up to a career with no offseason, and time spent trying to capitalize on a profession with an extremely limited shelf life. We traveled to Kursk, Russia, to meet with the five-time WNBA All-Star as she wrapped up her season with Dynamo Kursk, just a few days before the start of her season with the Minnesota Lynx.

Liner Notes

The Clubhouse is a new platform for star athletes to tell stories that transcend the sporting arena and have larger implications about the world in which we live. Each short documentary is a behind-the-scenes, immersive dive into an issue that both has a direct impact on the athlete and is relatable to a broader audience. We ride with a sports star throughout each episode, seeing their world with a distinctly personal lens. The Clubhouse humanizes athletes and introduces issues in a way that’s never been seen before. A collaboration between VICE Sports and ESPN Films.