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Talks over U.S. women’s soccer pay break down

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/15/19, 01:18 pm

A jury will likely end up deciding the dispute over pay differences between the U.S. men’s and women’s soccer teams. Mediation talks between the women’s national team and the U.S. Soccer Federation ended this week, with the federation accusing the players’ counsel of “an aggressive and ultimately unproductive approach.”

What’s the problem? Players on the 2019 World Cup champion women’s team sued U.S. Soccer in March for paying them less than their counterparts on the men’s team. The federation said separate unions bargained for pay and benefits for the two teams and are not comparable. Both sides agreed to mediate the matter once the Women’s World Cup ended last month in France, where the U.S. team won its fourth title. Federation President Carlos Cordeiro wrote in a letter to U.S. Soccer members in July that the women’s team received more compensation than the men’s in the form of salary, benefits, and bonuses between 2010 and 2018.

Dig deeper: Read Lynde Langdon’s report in Muse on the push for equal pay by team members after they won the World Cup.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 08/15/2019 06:14 pm

    Wishful thinking is not going to trump economic realities. 

    Simple fact:  far fewer fans watch women’s soccer than men’s. What is the figure?  Women’s soccer has 10% (or fewer) of the fans that men’s soccer draws?  

    Ergo, far lower gate receipts, far lower advertising revenue, far less income for women’s soccer. That translates to far less money to pay salaries, bonuses, benefits. 

    That should be obvious, but to some, facts are not as important as wishes and a sense of entitlement. 

    Perhaps the best long-term solution would be to eliminate single-gender sports. Mandate that all for-profit sports must be half women and half men 

    but think of the cans of worms that would open up!