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The women of U.S. Soccer are taking their equality fight to a whole new level, officially filing a federal discrimination claim against the U.S. Soccer organization for wage discrimination:

In the filing, the five players contend that the women’s team is the driving economic force for U.S. Soccer, the governing body for the sport in America, even as its players are paid far less than their counterparts on the men’s national team, said their lawyer, Jeffrey Kessler.

The players involved in the complaint are among the most prominent and decorated female athletes in the world: the co-captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and goalkeeper Hope Solo.

Their complaint appears to be totally valid.

Continue reading:  U.S. Soccer stars file federal complaint for wage discrimination—and their case looks strong

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6 thoughts on “U.S. Soccer stars file federal complaint for wage discrimination—and their case looks strong

  1. I think a few days ago I saw an article saying they bring the most money, are least paid. It will be interesting to see how this ends.
    It reminds me of the furore a few days ago in tennis where some men felt the women ought to be paid less. Something to do with viewership I think.

    • Professional sports, as a whole, is an industry gone out of control. Its immense popularity – a kind of social insanity, IMO – impelled it into the corrupt world of big money and corporate institutions (e.g. FIFA). When the owners started making millions and then billions, the players became resentful and got themselves organized. Now, the most prominent sports organizations have various forms of revenue-sharing systems to compensate players. This is why the U.S. Women Soccer team’s case has merit. They get paid less than half of what the U.S. Men’s Soccer team gets paid even though they produce more revenue and have much higher television ratings.

      The system is inherently flawed, and it alone is to blame. The people involved – the owners, players, broadcasters, journalists, advertisers, and ancillary personnel – naturally want their piece of an ever-expanding pie. But, that pie cannot expand forever. Sooner or later it will start to collapse, and we’re beginning to see that happen now with college football in the U.S. Greed is its own worst enemy.

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