Equal pay for equal work has been one justification cited by those who believe the U.S. Soccer Federation’s World Cup-winning women’s team should be paid as much as those on the men’s team. But that is misleading:

In an important way, the women are doing more valuable work.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, has introduced a bill aimed at pressuring the USSF to increase what it pays female soccer players. His measure, if enacted, would prevent use of any federal funds to support the 2026 World Cup contests, scheduled to be held in the United States.

Manchin’s decision apparently came after he received a letter from Nikki Izzo-Brown, head coach of West Virginia University’s Women’s Soccer Team. Her missive pointed out that the USSF women’s team brings in more revenue than the male squad. And, in World Cup competition this year, the women were watched by 14.3 million people — compared to 11.4 million for the men.

Izzo-Brown concluded her letter by stating what seems obvious, that “it is wrong for the US Soccer women to be paid and valued less for their work because of their gender.”

All that may be resolved by a lawsuit filed by many of the women, who decided to take the USSF to court in an attempt to receive the same pay as the men.

It is pointed out often that in sports, male players often are paid more than women because more people pay to watch them. In other words, the pay is not equal because the work done by female athletes is not as productive financially — or, so goes the argument.

Fine. What about the soccer players, where the women are bringing in more money and, frankly, doing much more than the USSF men’s team to popularize their sport in this country? By the conventional wisdom, the women should be paid more.

Manchin’s bill may or may not gain traction in Congress. But his goal in introducing it is right on target. As he put it, it is an attempt to “finally create a level playing field for all.”

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billnonymous

Average US viewers of the 2015 women's final: 25.4 million. Average US viewers of the 2019 final: 14.3 million.

billnonymous

There is only one INDIVIDUAL on the team whose political views we know. The rest of the TEAM *quietly* went about their job of representing America while ONE set out to make the entire tournament about HER and her blistering case of TDS. So, like most Americans do when they see Americans kneeling during our anthem, I chose not watch one single second of the tournament. Their pay is based on revenue, which is based on the number of people watching, which, most assuredly would have been higher if ONE very selfish person did not make the tournament about HER and her misplaced anger towards President Donald J Trump. So if the TEAM wants higher pay they can start by grabbing the ONE person who is sabotaging it up for them and tell her to stand up and shut up.

bishopsboy

Female athletes make less money than their male counterparts for primarily two reasons: 1. Female sports are boring so no one watches them. 2. Most of the women are ugly and/or angry lesbians so no one wants to see them. That’s just how society works.

newshound

FIFA is run by global criminals with TV on their coat tails to get its pound of flesh. As my friend LVW says: It's all corrupt just like the Olympics are headed (or possibly already there)

Mike Muterspaugh

This editorial is wrong and misleading. They need to do their homework. "News today that France earned $38 million from FIFA for winning soccer's World Cup in Russia, while the women's champion in France this summer will earn just $4 million, has prompted outrage. The total prize money for the Women's World Cup in France this July will be $30 million compared with total prize money of $440 million for the men's teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. “The difference between the men’s and women’s prize money is ridiculous,” Tatjana Haenni, who oversaw women’s soccer for FIFA before stepping down in 2017, said, according to the Associated Press. “It’s really disappointing the gap between the men’s and women’s World Cups got bigger. It sends the wrong message.” Nonsense. When viewed appropriately—based on how much money they generate—women actually make more than men. As Dwight Jaynes pointed out four years ago after the U.S. women beat Japan to capture the World Cup in Vancouver, there is a big difference in the revenue available to pay the teams. The Women's World Cup brought in almost $73 million, of which the players got 13%. The 2010 men's World Cup in South Africa made almost $4 billion, of which 9% went to the players. The men still pull the World Cup money wagon. The men's World Cup in Russia generated over $6 billion in revenue, with the participating teams sharing $400 million, less than 7% of revenue. Meanwhile, the Women's World Cup is expected to earn $131 million for the full four-year cycle 2019-22 and dole out $30 million to the participating teams. The pay disparity is justified." https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikeozanian/2019/03/07/world-cup-soccer-pay-disparity-between-men-and-women-is-justified/#5f534a616da4

billnonymous

If women's soccer *really* wanted equal pay they would be lobbying for the mens team to receive the same cut of the revenue they receive. As Mike pointed out, the men only receive 9% and the women 13%. When will this injustice be corrected?

DANT

If one woman keeps running her unappreciative mouth there won't be a women's soccer team for much longer....at least no will watch!

LVW

She'll be involved in soccer longer than Trump will be involved in politics, especially if he keeps firing off bizarre Twitter rants like this morning's anti-news screed. Even FOX news is scratching its head. The man should be committed.

DANT

I think Donald will be done with politics after 2024 but Ivanka or one of his sons has a real good shot a becoming the next Trump to control the Whitehouse! I haven't seen a Democrat remotely capable of being a leader since JFK!

prodigalson

President Trump is committed LVW. He is committed to making America Great Again.

newshound

She is a disgusting narcissist as well as a spoiled ......

newshound

Neither the women nor the men should be paid anything for playing world cup soccer.

LVW

Newsie: Money is being made. Do you think it should all go to FIFA crooks, or that the athletes should get some?

newshound

Get rid of it hook, line and sinker. Waste of time & money

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