Actually, if these particular players had balls they probably wouldn’t be such whiny bitches. Five members of the United States women’s soccer team filed a federal lawsuit this week, claiming they are victims of wage discrimination. Gee, I wonder who they will be voting for in November?
Five players on the women’s team filed a federal complaint Wednesday, accusing U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination because, they said, they earned as little as 40 percent of what players on the United States men’s national team earned even as they marched to the team’s third World Cup championship last year. The five players, some of the world’s most prominent women’s athletes, said they were being shortchanged on everything from bonuses to appearance fees to per diems.
“The numbers speak for themselves,” said goalkeeper Hope Solo. “We are the best in the world, have three World Cup championships, four Olympic championships.” Solo said the men’s players “get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships.”
Solo was joined in the complaint by the co-captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Megan Rapinoe.
Since I am a soccer fan, and know a lot about the sport, allow me to break this down for you… shotgun style. Yes, the men’s players get paid more than the women, and there is a reason for that; namely, the market sets the price. Men’s soccer is huge, even in the United States. Major League Soccer (MLS) fills legitimate stadiums with thousands of fans.
The National Women’s Soccer League draws literally tens of fans, and they play their games at tiny college fields. Why? Because women’s soccer only draws fans during the World Cup and the Olympics. Now while it is true the women’s team has enjoyed much more success than the men, they are also playing against inferior competition. In effect, they are the Harlem Globetrotters, and their opponents are the Washington Generals.
Hope Solo can boast about her team’s accomplishments until her next DUI, but it doesn’t change the fact the U.S. women are beating teams like the Faroe Islands – a nation(?) I cannot even find on a map – and the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Look Drunky, if you want to close the wage gap, start drawing fans to your games, stir some interest, and I don’t know… show your tits?