Kim Yeon-kyung earns less than Heo Soo-bong and Na Gyeong-bok even if she is treated as the best free agent

 Volleyball Empress Kim Yeon-kyung is negotiating a free agent (FA). With the possibility of renewing her contract with Heungkuk Life Insurance being discussed, she is expected to be guaranteed a reward of up to 700 million won. This is a smaller amount than Heo Soo-bong (Hyundai Capital) and Na Gyeong-bok (KB Insurance) in the men’s division.

On the 10th, Kim Yeon-kyung unanimously won her 5th regular league best player (MVP) in her personal career, and with the announcement of her active life extension, she made a statement that she could sign a contract with a team other than Heungkuk Life Insurance. Although some club names have gone up and down, observations are being raised that Kim Yeon-kyung eventually caught the strand by remaining in Heungkuk Life Insurance, the original team.

Kim Yeon-kyung is expected to receive the best treatment with the 2023-2024 season women’s upper limit of 775 million won. The amount of 775 million won is an increase from Kim Yeon-kyung’s total remuneration of 700 million won last season.

This is because the Korean Volleyball Federation increases the women’s salary cap (team salary cap), which was operated at 1.8 billion won, by 100 million won every year from the 2023-2024 season to the 2025-2026 season. The option cap will also increase from the current 500 million won to 600 million won. The winning bonus (up to 300 million) is also included in her total remuneration.

Accordingly, the total compensation for the women’s division in the 2023-2024 season is 2.8 billion won (salary cap 1.9 billion + option cap 600 million + win bonus 300 million), 2.9 billion won in the 2024-2025 season (2 billion salary cap + option cap 600 million + winning bonus 300 million won). ), operated at 3 billion won (2.1 billion salary cap + 600 million option cap + 300 million winning bonus) for the 2025-2026 season.

Here, in the women’s professional volleyball team, the maximum amount a player can receive is set. In the case of annual salary, you can receive only up to 25% of the salary cap, and in the case of options, up to 50% of the option cap. Accordingly, Kim Yeon-kyung cannot receive a remuneration exceeding 775 million won no matter how much she attracts spectators and plays a big role.

What is noteworthy is that the men’s sally cap is 5.81 billion won, which is more than twice that of the women’s division. In addition, there is no upper limit on the salary of players in the men’s division.

As a result, men’s professional volleyball players receive more compensation than women’s. Last season’s best player, Han Seon-seon (Korean Air), received a total of 1.08 billion won, including an annual salary of 750 million won and an option of 330 million won. Korean Air’s Jung Ji-seok is receiving 920 million won, and KB Insurance’s Hwang Taek-eui and KEPCO’s Shin Young-seok are receiving 750 million won.

In this situation, Heo Soo-bong, who led the Hyundai Capital runner-up, recently signed a free agency contract with a total compensation of 800 million won. Na Gyeong-bok, who played for Woori Card, also transferred to KB Insurance and signed a total of 800 million won. Both Heo Soo-bong and Na Gyeong-bok are paid more than Kim Yeon-kyung.

Other players in the women’s division also receive less total compensation than men’s. KGC Ginseng Corporation Lee So-young (650 million won), Korea Expressway Corporation Park Jeong-ah (580 million won), Hyundai Engineering & Construction Yang Hyo-jin (500 million won), and GS Caltex Kang So-hui (450 million won) are at the level.

There is a side to this remuneration status that does not reflect the popularity gap between the men’s and women’s professional volleyball divisions.

Last season, the average viewer ratings for 133 men’s and 133 women’s games were 0.62% for men and 1.23% for women, which was significantly higher for women.스포츠토토

The women’s average rating of 1.23% is the second highest among all V-League average ratings. In addition, Game 5 of the championship match between Heungkuk Life Insurance and Korea Expressway Corporation, which took place on the 6th at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon, recorded the highest viewership rating of 3.40%, recording the highest viewership rating ever in the V-League.

The average number of spectators was 1,610 for the men’s team, while 2,611 for the women’s team.

There is also a large gap in the highest number of spectators in a game. In the case of the men’s division, 3,504 people visited the Suwon Indoor Gymnasium on the 26th of last month to watch the second game of the playoff between KEPCO and Hyundai Capital. On the other hand, 6,125 people gathered at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon to watch the 5th game of the championship match for the women’s team on the 6th.

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