After the US Women’s team won the World Cup on Sunday morning, “equal pay” chants broke out from the crowd. When asked by Rachel Maddow how fans can support the fight for equal pay, USA soccer star and avid Trump hater, Megan Rapinoe made an interesting comment.
As Sean The Producer notes, the implications of this request are clear. The team’s salary is a function of revenue generated by the team and the league as a whole. The more jerseys and tickets sold, the more revenue is available to be used for salaries.
As Mike Ozanian points out over at Forbes:
As Dwight Jaynes pointed out four years ago after the U.S. women beat Japan to capture the World Cup in Vancouver, there is a big difference in the revenue available to pay the teams. The Women’s World Cup brought in almost $73 million, of which the players got 13%. The 2010 men’s World Cup in South Africa made almost $4 billion, of which 9% went to the players.
The men still pull the World Cup money wagon. The men’s World Cup in Russia generated over $6 billion in revenue, with the participating teams sharing $400 million, less than 7% of revenue. Meanwhile, the Women’s World Cup is expected to earn $131 million for the full four-year cycle 2019-22 and dole out $30 million to the participating teams.
So if her paycheck should be determined by the revenue generated, why is she complaining? If anything the stats are clear that women’s soccer is OVER paid when compared to the men’s team. All of this is genuinely not difficult to understand.