Based on the financial audit reports obtained by the Wall Street Journal from the USSF or the United States Soccer Federation, Women’s soccer games in the county have earned more revenue compared to the men’s games in the U.S. in the past three years.
Women’s games got $1.9 million in extra income than men’s games in 2016. From then until 2018, the women’s team earned almost $50.8 million in proceeds as opposed to the $49.9 million generated by the men’s events.
The Journal released report statements that the capability of the women’s side to earn more gate proceeds that match or surpasses its male counterparts is a significant battleground and crucial to a current lawsuit filed by 28 soccer players of the women’s national team of the country against the USSF.
The lawsuit says that of the women’s and men’s team get victories on every single game on its 20 non-tournament matches they are demanded to play as per contract, female soccer players should earn $99,000 at a maximum, or $4,950 each game while male soccer players will receive $263,320 at a maximum, or $13,166 each game. It is also stated in the suit that in the years 2013 to 2016, men players who entered the US team got in 2014 got $55,000, increased to a whopping $68,870 in 2018. On the other hand, women’s players who got to the national level earned a mere $15,000.
USSF formally responded to the lawsuit stating that the discrepancy in salaries is based on the collected revenue earned by several teams or other aspects more than gender.
The Journal said that a significant factor of this difference is due to ticket proceeds. The national soccer organization sells sponsorship and broadcast rights of the female and male teams altogether, and with that, it may be harder to specify the specific broadcast earnings of both sides.
David Neal, executive producer and production vice-president of FIFA World Cup in television-giant Fox, said to Journal that he doesn’t know anyone may quantify that. But, Neal acknowledges that “the shining star of U.S. Soccer is the U.S. women’s national team. These women are heroes, and I think that carries great value.”
Based on the case filed by WNTPA or the Women’s National Team Players Association, it has suggested an income-sharing model that would examine USSF’s “market realities’ theory.” The proposal aims to match player compensation of the female national soccer team to the revenue earned by the USSF.
The men’s national team counterparts released a statement showing their support to the case filed by the women’s team against the USSF and the income-sharing model proposed by the latter.