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Softball Star Monica Abbott Becomes First Woman in U.S. Team Sports to Sign Million Dollar Contract

 

Monica Abbott is considered to be among the best fastpitch softball pitchers ever. Now, monica-abbott-one-million-dollar-contract-janet-tv-1000x677-wfinally, her pay seems to reflect that status.

Yesterday, the 30-year-old Olympic pitcher signed a six-year contract with National Pro Fastpitch’s most recent expansion team, the Houston, Texas Scrap Yard Dawgs, that is expected to be worth $1 million. It’s the league’s first million-dollar deal, and, the first ever million dollar contract signed by a woman in a team sport in the world. The NPF is the only professional women’s softball league in the U.S., with six teams and a 50-game regular season.

The deal took some creativity, since NPF teams have a $150,000 salary cap. That total must be spread among 18 players.

As such, Abbott will make $20,000 per year in base salary, but will earn the rest of her groundbreaking deal through incentives that can be easily reached. Abbott, a 6-foot-3, 30-year-old from California, went 13-1 for the Chicago Bandits last season with a 0.31 ERA, 0.59 WHIP and 149 strikeouts in just 90 1/3 innings. She was also the NPF Championship MVP last season, garnering three wins, a save and 26 strikeouts in four games to lead the Bandits to the title.

Abbott also owns a bevy of collegiate records from her college career with the Tennessee Volunteers, including most strikeouts, most wins, most games pitched and most innings pitched. She had 23 no-hitters and six perfect games in college.

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