Professional fastpitch softball player Monica Abbott has become the first female in US team sports to sign a $1 million contract.
The $1 million will be paid out over a 6-year contract with the Houston-based Scrap Yard Dawgs.
Abbott will receive a base pay of $20,000 with the rest of her contract based on attendance levels. Each game must have at least 100 fans in attendance.
League’s commissioner, Cheri Kempf, says the average attendance is 1,000 people.
Abbott doesn’t have to pitch to get the bonus, which is capped at $180,000 a year.
Most players in the league make $5,000 to $8,000 a season.
Opening Day is May 31 and the season lasts three months.
National Pro Fastpitch is a development league that started in 2002 out of a partnership with Major League Baseball.
Abbott is playing on one of six teams that includes the Dawgs of Houston, Texas: the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion, and USSSA Florida Pride.
“We are very excited to have the number one pitcher in the world in Houston for the next six years,” said Dawgs GM Connie May. “We have worked very hard to put a solid team on the field and Monica will be the final piece to this puzzle to give us the best opportunity to compete for the Cowles Cup in our inaugural season.”
Abbot, who is now 30-years-old, said in a press release that she plans to finish her career with the Dawgs.
After nine seasons her fastball tops out at 77 mph.
Abbott won a silver medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She threw the first perfect game in the history of the Olympics.