Junkies: USWNT players deserve to get paid more

Josh Luckenbaugh
July 08, 2019 - 11:52 am

The United States Women's National Team are once again world champions, winning their fourth World Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands Sunday.

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And now the question is: What comes next?

Chants of "Equal Pay, Equal Pay" filled the Stade des Lumières as the USWNT celebrated the win, the issue of compensation becoming a major talking point throughout the tournament. The team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer back in March, accusing the federation of paying them lower salaries than men.

"It certainly is not fair," USWNT star Megan Rapinoe told reporters about the gap in World Cup prize money between the men and women. "We should double it now and use that number to double it or quadruple it for the next time. That's what I mean when we talk about, 'Do we feel respected?'"

"Money from FIFA, money from federations," Rapinoe said when asked what the women's game needs to grow. "Money from advertisers, sponsors, rights-holders, TV. All of that. And obviously not just blindly throwing cash at things, but investing in infrastructure, in training programs or academies for women, in coaching for women. All of it."

If you ask Jason Bishop of The Sports Junkies, the USWNT has earned better pay. 

"The American women should be paid as much as the American men," Bishop said Monday. "The American men are a joke. They can't even qualify for the World Cup, and the women are winning back-to-back."

"So I don't know what you want to do, but if you look at the pool of money that the women are chopping, $4 million, versus the pool of money that the men would chop, which is about $40 million. I mean, that's a huge, huge difference. Our women ... deserve to be paid more."

However, as John "Cakes" Auville pointed out, the question then becomes where do you get the money to offer equal compensation?

"The last men's World Cup brought in $4 billion, and the 2015 women's World Cup brought in $78 million," said Cakes. "That's quite a chasm there. So if you're wondering why the women are getting paid less, it's because less money's being made and being brought in." 

"If you're gonna tell me that the percentages are that great, then I guess there's not that much more money out there for the women," Bishop responded. "I just think when you compare the American women to the American men, they should be more equal."

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