5 players accuse U.S. Soccer Federation of wage discrimination

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  • Terry Sandy, UT
    April 1, 2016 1:57 p.m.

    Sounds like a bunch of ambulance chasing attorneys got a hold of some of the women's players and filled their heads (and their own pockets) with ideas of litigation to get more money. Now they are trying to get everyone to believe that the women make the same every year as they do in a year where they win the women's world cup. Our men make a pittance compared to European players, do you see them crying foul? No, they know that European soccer is bigger/better and generates more money. Do the women want to play the men to put the equal quality of the sports question to rest? Do WNBA players cry foul because NBA players are far better and make more than they do???

  • Thats what I thought South Jordan, UT
    April 1, 2016 9:52 a.m.


    CNN only looked at the 2015 year. While the USWNT certainly has been profitable during that period, it's not really a surprise that during their height of the world cup they make more money than the men in their qualifiers/scrimmages.

    If the USWNT believes they are going to maintain their success and profitability (which I hope they do), they should address it in their new collective bargaining agreement. However, I don't think in the non-world cup years if the team is going to be as profitable as it was in 2015. If they are consistently bringing in revenue to support getting paid the same as, or even more than the USMNT, great, they deserve it! However, the inverse is also true.

  • satch Highland, UT
    March 31, 2016 3:40 p.m.

    If the women are profitable, why are they not compensated equally. I think they have point. Besides, our women's team should be rewarded, they are the world champions?

  • Arizona1 Tucson, AZ
    March 31, 2016 1:28 p.m.

    Normally, I would say that the men bring in more money and, therefore, deserve a bigger cut; however, that is not the case here. CNN reports that the women's team had a profit of $16 million, while the men's team was actually in the red. If the women are the team making a profit, I believe they should be the ones making more money. The argument for the number of viewers being more for men's soccer is irrelevant if the men's team doesn't turn a profit.

  • Festus riverton, utah
    March 31, 2016 1:12 p.m.

    lower the men's pay to the women's. Problem solved.

  • ConservativeUtahisBest Murray, UT
    March 31, 2016 1:04 p.m.

    I was thinking have them play a game together if the women win they get the wage of the men and the men get the wage of the women. If the women win then we might want to think about putting them in the men's world cup instead of the women's. They can't do much worse then what our men have been doing.

  • bigsoccer West Valley, UT
    March 31, 2016 12:45 p.m.

    Start making money for your leagues, I will use the WNBA, they wouldn't be a league if the NBA didn't finance it. The women don't bring in the same revenue as men. Even though the men have never won the world cup, they still bring in more revenue.

  • james d. morrison Boise, ID
    March 31, 2016 12:06 p.m.

    The guys bring in more money.

  • Truthfully Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 31, 2016 11:01 a.m.

    I like watching the US womens soccer team play as much as the mens team, and think they should be paid the same if...they generate as much income. I would say pay them more than the men if they generate more income than the men. Typically, womens sports in college and professional leagues generate far less interest and income. I think this should be looked at in each pro sport individually and compensation should be adjusted accordingly. I am all for being fair.

  • Vegas POV Las Vegas, NV
    March 31, 2016 10:50 a.m.

    Transparency regarding the amount of revenue generated by each division would go a long way in verifying or vilifying the governing body.

  • Thats what I thought South Jordan, UT
    March 31, 2016 10:17 a.m.

    It is possible that their salaries are determined by the profitability of the sport. The 2014 Men's World Cup had 3.2 billion viewers with 1 billion watching the final alone. The 2015 Women's World Cup topped 750 million viewers, just under a fourth of what the Men's Cup brought in. While the women's team World Cup final game was widely watched in the US, overall throughout the world people are more likely to watch the men.

    The number of people watching your sport leads to advertising revenue and advertising revenue leads to the profitability of the sport. Player salaries are tied to the profitability of the sport, and because there are over four times the amount of viewers for the men than women, it is not shocking to me that there is a salary gap.

    Hockey and Lacrosse professionals don't make nearly as much as NFL players. Not because they don't work hard, but because there are more eyes on the NFL than the NHL or MLL.