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November 18, 2016 | 1:17am ET
NWHL hit with bad news
Players will be taking a reduction in salary as the 2016-17 season continues.

TORONTO, ON -- The National Women's Hockey League has battled through a rough start since hitting the ice for its inaugural 2015-16 season, but a multi-year sponsorship deal with Dunkin Donuts and progress in the television broadcast landscape appeared to be put the League in a decent position.

As the only professional women's hockey league to financially compensate its players, the NWHL, led by founder and commissioner Dani Rylan, has captured the intrigue of many and headlines of various news outlets.

While the NWHL appeared to be moving in the right direction heading into its second season, some unfortunate news came to light on Thursday, illustrating the struggled associated with starting a professional sports league.

As per information obtained by TFP, the NWHL informed its players on Thursday that they will be receiving a pay cut -- believed to be 50% -- in order to sustain the longevity of the League.

In an email sent out to athletes and league staff, Rylan notified everyone that players will be paid on a game-by-game basis. Players' insurance will still be held up, and the 2016-17 schedule will still be played.

It's believed Amanda Kessel is the NWHL's highest paid player, earning $26,000 per season, while most players receive between $14,000 to $17,000 per year. The minimum salary is $10,000. Well, that all gets cut in half.

The season is already well underway and for most players, finding an alternative is next to impossible.

It's an unfortunate set of circumstances, but it's better than the League folding, upon which nobody gets a penny.

Rylan wrote in her email that if financial improvements are seen come the second-half of the season, the League will do what it can to fulfill each player's original contract.

David Pagnotta is the Editor-in-Chief of The Fourth Period. Follow him on Twitter.

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