As the Women’s US Soccer team demands to be paid as much as the more-profitable men’s team and continues to drive controversy with Megan Rapinoe’s recent actions regarding the US Flag and Anthem, it has been revealed that the team lost to an under-15 boys team.
The team lost against FC Dallas’ U-15 boys academy team in 2017, scoring only two points against the five points earned by the teenagers.
Former BUSA player Tanner Tessman (currently at FC Dallas) got to play against the USWNT in preparation for their game versus Russia. pic.twitter.com/kOH0Y4zPPR— Birmingham United (@Bham_United) April 3, 2017
Flash-forward to 2019, when Democratic Senator from New York Chuck Schumer claimed that the female players of Team USA Soccer earned less than their male counterparts.
“The women make just as much of a sacrifice, put in just as much mental and physical energy, absorb just as much risk of injury as the men who play for our national team,” Schumer said. “Yet, when you break it down, a women’s national soccer team player earns a base salary of $3,600 per game while a men’s player earns $5,000.”
However, as Federalist author John Glynn pointed out, the Women’s World Cup only generated $131 million in revenue this year, while the Men’s World Cup generated $6 billion. To put that into perspective, it would be as if every known person in the world chipped in 79 cents to see the Men’s World Cup.
“One of the major factors that separate men’s sports and women’s is a not so little thing called revenue,” Glynn wrote. “To put it bluntly, female soccer players, just like female basketball players and female hockey players, are paid less because their respective sports make less. The total prize money for the Women’s World Cup in France this July was $30 million; the total prize money for the men’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be $440 million.”
However, math seems to be an art lost on many politicians when it comes to women’s soccer.
“As the U.S. Women’s National Team takes the field against Thailand today, the players are also fighting to be paid equally,” Democratic Senator From New York Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted last month. “Let’s not forget the fight off the field. It’s time we pay our USWNT equally.“
Much like men’s soccer, it seems, virtue-signalling on such matters is a profitable endeavour.
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