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Equality has always been a important issue. It still is today in nearly all parts of the world. The minority group have been fighting for equality since the beginning of time. Whether it is the right to walk out in public without a man, the right to vote, or equal pay.

Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn starting players on the USWNT (united states womans national team) claimed that they were paid nearly four times less than players on the U.S. men’s national team. Over the long term, the men’s game brings in consistently higher game revenue year over year. Sponsorships and television revenue like Nike, Fox Sports and ESPN are not included in the game revenue calculations. But in 2015, the U.S. women’s team won the World Cup and then embarked on a scheduled 10-city victory tour that yielded an eight-figure bump to U.S. Soccer’s bottom line. As a result, the women brought in more than $23 million in game revenue, about $16 million more than the federation had projected. After expenses, the women turned a profit of $6.6 million last year. And the men, their profit was just under $2 million. U.S. Soccer’s 2017 budget predicts that trend will be repeated: Expecting another Olympic gold medal, and another victory tour, the federation has forecast a profit of more than $5 million for the women’s team in the next year. 

“A lot of different things go into the compensation for the women’s players,” Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer’s president said last month, citing revenue and performance as the most prominent examples. U.S. Soccer Federation says USWNT earns only 2.2 percent less than men. “We want to compensate them fairly.” Gulati also said that television ratings were another factor; while the U.S. women’s team broke viewing records during the Women’s World Cup, ratings for men’s games have been more than double those for women’s games, on average, since 2012, according to Nielsen calculations. Excluding World Cup games, the men’s team’s ratings are almost four times as high. The U.S. men’s team received $9 million when the men’s team advanced to the second round of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but the U.S. women’s team only received about $2 million when they won the 2015 World Cup in Canada. That is because FIFA pays far more to participants in the men’s World Cup. Players on the men’s national team are paid by U.S. Soccer only when they are called into camp and appear in games




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