Discussion in 'Fugu's Business of Sports' started by LadyStanley, Jun 27, 2019.
OK; if I realized this was your criteria I wouldn't have commented
And what's the average worldwide audience per tournament game, not just the final?
Who cares? The World isn't paying the US National Team. The USSF is paying the US National Team.
That's the major disconnect I see with HF posters: Tons of people bring up that "Women's Sports" aren't as popular/lucrative as men's sports. All that matters is the US Women vs the US Men. That's it. Everyone else is irrelevant.
It's like saying "Tom Hanks, the average movie in the world only makes $40 million, so you're not worth $30 million." Who cares what other movies make? Tom Hanks movies average $167 million box office. THAT'S what you're paying him for.
So what does that have to do with the worldwide numbers you quoted?
OH! The world wide numbers was to show that the argument of "Money is divided based on popularity. Women aren't as popular, they get less money" could be valid, except the disparity in pay exceeds the disparity in popularity. And the US Women's team's popularity in the US has a much smaller gap than the rest of soccer around the world.
The argument that "The women deserve less compensation than the men because they are less popular and make less revenue" CAN be valid, but ONLY IF the difference in compensation is due to that gap and the same ratio/percentages of revenues applies to both. But the FIFA prize money is not divided in the same percentage (Women are 1/4th as popular, but get 1/13th the prize money; and the US Women raised more revenue than the men in the last four years and still get paid less).
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