Denial of equivalence, Marina Mabry invests the mundane

There is a little magic about being a WNBA The player who starts, but is not the main player of the team.

Consider Marina Mabry, 2019 Notre Dame Alumna recently finished her third year with the Dallas Wings. The Bellemare, N.J. native, made $58,170 for her 32 participations (34 games) this past season, according to Spotrac.

Mabry complements her meager salaries by accepting more lucrative gigs that play abroad. This month, she’s ready for it Beretta Famila Sky From Lega Basket Femminile – the most prestigious Italian women’s basketball league. The North team, which plays outside of Vincenza County, has carried its rosters with WNBA talent for 20 years.

Mabry’s European salary has yet to be announced, but W players are said to be paid in between $50,000 And the $125,000 For their services in the best Italian leagues.

That’s still close to Diana Taurasi’s super WNBA salary of $228,094, not to mention the previous Okon Various endorsement deals for Prominent. (Mabri has created a paid website Gingbridge, Financial Literacy Corporation. She also has Link With Alo, a fitness apparel company, but it’s unclear if there’s a financial component.)

So Mabry—missing the era of name, image, and resemblance to collegiate athletics—last week turned into a familiar rant to those who follow important social media: Subscription form.

The 26-year-old promised that the beneficiary feed, which can be unlocked for a monthly fee of $4.99, will help her 49,700 followers on Instagram.”Learn all about my storyND days, growing up in jersey, struggles, good times, workouts/off season. “

As a Notre Dame graduate who also grew up in the Garden State, I thought it was worth trying at least a month.

September. 12

Mabry’s first job is to accumulate 52 seconds of her workout. We’re seeing some stability with a bell and some lighter weights. There are two comments on this post from one person, the first asking about playing abroad. Mabry’s subscription offered an “exclusive chat”, but I’m not an Instagram expert enough to know where this happens.

September. 14

It’s Mabry’s 26th birthday, and we’re celebrating… Get details of her favorite Sephora products. It’s a minute-long clip that ends with “The tune in part two when I do all my eye makeup.” However, the second part is available to everyone Lumberland regular landing page. This is probably the best, given that the Sephora exclusive has 50 views and the publicly available Part 2 has 8,760, as of this writing.

September. 19

Marina cuts a minute out of her day in New York City, where her agenda is to get a visa before her Italian trip. This is what we learned:

  • She drinks coffee.
  • Having trouble finding a priority courier envelope in a city 63 post office.
  • Treat herself with a mani/pedi.
  • “If you ever walk NYC, don’t stop in the middle of the street. It will never work out for you.” (This is actually solid advice.)
  • She asked for more quinoa with her salmon at The Little Beet Table, and they gave her an extra tablespoon. What would you expect from a restaurant that states that “vegetables ahead“?
  • The entire journey takes about eight hours.

September. 24

While followers and subscribers await new content, let’s talk about the status of the Mabrey WNBA contract. As a player with four years in the service, Mabry is now a “Restricted Free Agent”. Wings can send her a new contract offer between January 1 and January 14. If it does, it reserves the right to match and keep any offer it receives from another team. If they don’t, she becomes an “unrestricted free agent” and can sign with any team she wants. Mabrey can start official talks with 11 other WNBA teams from January 15 onwards, and sign with any of them on or after February 1st. If she re-signs with Wings, it will be anytime between January 14 and the start of the season.

Mabry’s college teammate, Ariki Ogunboal, signed on the wings for at least three more seasons. Tierra McEwan, who readers may remember from 2017-18 Mississippi Bulldog The team that finished second at Notre Dame that year, is also a restricted free agent. Strength Striker Isabel Harrison is an unrestricted free agent and he was honest About her clashes with former Wings coach Vicky Johnson.

September. 25

Marina started a conversation asking for input about the kind of content we wanted. My group is called “Subscriber Chat 2” because Groups are limited to 30 people. It’s as if “Lost” revealed “Tailis” in season two. Is “Subscriber Chat 1” more active than our clan?!

There seem to be 23 men – including me – and 7 women in our conversation. Our requests include two requests for Italy content, two additional requests for comment on the Notre Dame games (whether that means soccer or women’s basketball is blurred) and one request for “a day in the life” content on play days, training methods, and more shopping content.

I ask about Marina’s thoughts on prioritizing, the discrepancies in her Italian wage versus her W and what she loved most about playing in Los Angeles. (Mabry was drafted by the Sparks and played for one year in Southland.)

September. 28

Marina is now in Italy, in a hotel near Alghero Bay. She joined her European side that won the 2022 Italian Super Cup against Virtus Bologna on Wednesday.

Porticciolo Tower, Nora, Alghero, Sardinia

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there New Publication, and two new non-exclusive stories. Subscribers get another picture of Mabrey reflected in the mirror. She is standing in the elevator.

“I was about to show you guys a yoga video, but it started raining,” she wrote. “So now it’s just a picture of me.”

October. 4

Mabry hasn’t tweeted or shared this, but I think it provides context that explains why she – and many of her WNBA teammates – are drawn to low-friction side business. Their value as basketball players is not adequately compensated for.

October. 6

I can’t remember if the “exclusive” 3-second clip of the Marina ride in the car was on a Monday or Tuesday, but regardless there’s some actual content to absorb today.

The first shot is a Boomerang from the train ride. Nothing much for that.

The second video is a lunch, where some marina is poured and an unknown man – also using his phone, for supposed recording purposes – Cabernet Sauvignon It retails for about $6. Seems to be local to the area where you play basketball.

The third video is the first course which is tomato, mozzarella and basil for Marina and prosciutto and watermelon for its companion. Marina agreed to the appetizer, I think, because she yells “Oh my God” after sampling it on screen.

The fourth video is the pasta course, which is pesto sauce in the marina and looks like a traditional marinade and meatballs for a friend.

October. 13

Either Marina is highlighting her subscribers or something is not working as intended.

Today, she posted a picture of herself in workout clothes and flashing a peace sign. The caption reads, “When you finally have a morning outside, it’s spa time. I’ll be posting some videos.”

Hey, this looks fun! Are Italian hotel spas unique from their American counterparts? Maybe we will find out!

We didn’t find out. Marina does not post another subscriber exclusively for the rest of the day.

October. 14

There are no spa videos, but Marina is back with an exclusive video for her subscribers. She is twisted in bed, the covers are pulled to the neckline as she says while sleeping:

“Okay, I know I was going to have a tour of my apartment. But like I didn’t clean everything. So I’m going to clean it up today and then… I’m going to do a tour.”

October. 15th

She signed up for Marina’s exclusives on Instagram on September 15 with promises to learn more about her “ND days, growing up in Jersey, the struggles, the good times, workouts/off season.”

Marina has posted a lot of non-exclusive content about her younger sister, Dara, who plays her senior year at Notre Dame for the women’s basketball team. But we didn’t learn anything about Marina’s ND days.

Nor have we learned anything about our upbringing in Jersey.

If there were conflicts, I’m not sure what they were (although, in a non-exclusive post, she called John Kehoe’s Quantum Warrior: The Future of the Mind “Best book ever…it changed my life.”) There was a day when she didn’t realize she needed a priority courier envelope, but that wasn’t what I had in mind when she scattered over $5.

We’ve only had one excerpt from the exercise, and the rest of the content can be benevolently called “off-season”.

Mabry has yet to play for the Familia Scheuer although Ryan Howard, who arrived after her, has appeared in the team’s first three games of the regular season. Are there ongoing visa issues? Is there an injury? We have no insight.

As for requests from subscribers, Mabri gave us one look at an Italian meal, no comment from Notre Dame and nothing about “a day in the life” of game days, training methods or additional shopping content. She has also been silent about prioritizing and L.A.’s recommendations, though I didn’t expect an immediate answer to either.

Perhaps it’s no surprise then that I decided to opt out. I kept expectations low for a $5 monthly endeavor, but the eight days of content (out of 30) – likely under 15 minutes total – didn’t convince me to continue sponsoring.

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