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NWHL Announces Attendance Based Revenue for its Players

The National Women’s Hockey League announced on Friday that the players will receive attendance based bonuses for all remaining games this season.

The bonus structure went into effect for all games since December 1st, and will break down into a 50-50 split between the home and visiting teams after the first 500 tickets sold. An example given by the league, was the Boston Pride’s game on December 3rd against the Connecticut Whale, which was played in front of 750 fans. The players from both clubs shared 100 percent of the 250 tickets sold after the first 500.

The attendance bonus is in addition bonus is in addition to their player salaries. NWHL players also receive 15 percent of the revenue made on the sales from their jerseys and shirseys.

The NWHL and the players’ representatives from all four teams helped to create this attendance based revenue together in efforts to help grow the league.

New York Riveters defender, Ashley Johnston said, “This is a great collaboration between the NWHL and the NWHL Players Association. It demonstrates the unique opportunity we, as players, have in being able to lay down the foundations of a professional female hockey league. This platform will aid players in financially sustaining their dreams of being a professional athlete and continue to be a role model for every kid looking up to them, dreaming to wear a NWHL jersey one day.”

She continued, “I am excited to continue working with the league in making the NWHL, the best place for players to play and for fans to enjoy the incredible sport of hockey.”

NWHL Commissioner, Dani Rylan added, “The decision to have the players benefit from strong attendance came out of recent discussions about how we can grow our league and business together.

We are very happy to offer this to the players and be the only women’s hockey league in North America that not only compensates its players, but provides attendance based bonuses. The players make our league, and they deserve this.”

She went on to say, “Our fans should know when they come out to see NWHL games and fill the stands, they are supporting our amazing players in a big way.”

Connecticut Whale defenseman and player representative, Anya Battaglino said, “I am excited that the league is taking strides forward to remain faithful to its players. This is truly rewarding the product on the ice, and it is so important that the league honors that.”

Battaglino added, “To all of our fans near and far, if you want to support the league, buy a ticket, come to a game, and fall in love with our dreams.”

For more information about tickets to any of the Riveters, Whale, Pride and Buffalo Beauts games, visit

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