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By Pete Moore On July 10th, 2019

World Cup parade: Megan Rapinoe demands equal pay for ‘badass team’

There’s a reason why top female models get paid more than men who model socks. And there’s a reason why top actresses earn more than jobbing male actors doing insurance adverts which appear on ITV3.

It’s the income derived from the demand for their services.

Men’s football is vastly more popular than women’s football. So the global income is vastly greater. So the men are sharing a vastly greater cake. That’s the way it is. That’s why Adele gets paid vastly more for a gig than a bloke who strums his guitar in a pub. This is simple supply and demand, straightforward economic justice. Megan Rapinoe is a fine player for a chick, but she’s as dumb as mud.


  1. They shouldn’t be paid anything specific.

    Let ” football ” be an open competition among all, and let the players and coaches get a percentage of it.

  2. To be fair, in terms of the revenue argument, the US Women’s team brings in more revenue than the US Men’s team. The US male players earn more money despite this.

  3. Is this a profit making enterprise in the first place?

    The organizations are set up differently, some wages are guaranteed and some get bonuses, so comparisons are inexact

    But let’s complain anyway, that’s always best


  4. to bad no one threw eggs at the parade…..

  5. Advocating violent assault against a sports team Pat?

  6. There was a large showing at the parade, and many young kids in their uniforms. Some had staked out curbside viewing spots as early as five am.

    It’s fine.

  7. throwing fruit and vegetables at people is a long standing American Tradition.

  8. My city specializes in snowballs….. ask Santa

  9. Eggs aren’t a fruit or vegetable. Why would you want anyone to throw anything at your country’s internationally victorious soccer team?

  10. Because one of them dissed his god

  11. Is this a profit making enterprise in the first place?

    Absolutely. All international sport is about profit. No profit, no competition.

  12. I suspect that is the exact point Phantom.

    The US Women’s team brings in more revenue than the US Men’s team.

    If correct that’s a very interesting and valid point.

  13. There is a pay gap, and it means the women are overpaid compared to men –


    For instance, the total prize money for the Women’s World Cup in France this July was $30 million. The total prize money for the men’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be $440 million. This sounds like a criminal gap. But when you take into account how much money each competition generates, women actually make proportionately more than men.

    As an article in Forbes points out, the 2015 Women’s World Cup brought in almost $73million, of which the players got 13 per cent. The 2010 men’s World Cup in South Africa made almost $4 billion, of which only nine per cent went to the players. Last year, the men’s World Cup in Russia generated over $6 billion total in revenue but the participating teams shared only $400 million of that – less than seven per cent of the overall revenue. Meanwhile, the 2019 Women’s World Cup made somewhere in the region of $131million, doling out $30million – well over 20 per cent of collected revenue – to the participating teams.

  14. The US Soccer Federation is a 501 c 3 corporation, which is non profit.

    The surpluses would go to growing the sport by building facilities, running tournaments, and training, etc, if its being done right.

    Sort of like the GAA, in theory.

    So a fair solution would be to lower the men’s salaries, if they’re indeed overpaid in some way.

  15. So a fair solution would be to lower the men’s salaries, if they’re indeed overpaid in some way.

    A Communist complains to the government that his comrade neighbor has 6 cows, and he has only 3 cows. The Communist solution is to shoot 3 cows for equality’s sake!

  16. If the female players are producing a higher quantity of revenue that their male counterparts, as Seamus claims above Charles, should they be paid higher salaries?

  17. They’re all overpaid

    This is a niche sport governed by a nonprofit corporation here

    Any big salary Bump is stealing From the corporation’s Nonprofit activities

  18. If the are all overpaid shouldn’t they be overpaid in conjunction with who’s bringing the most revenue in?

  19. Paul as Pete points out, women’s soccer only brought in 73 million as opposed to 4 billion for men. They’re already pulling in 13% as opposed to 9% for the latter. The women are being overpaid now for what they’re bringing in at the gate. Math is math!

  20. To be fair, in terms of the revenue argument, the US Women’s team brings in more revenue than the US Men’s team.

    Is Seamus incorrect then Charles?

  21. Seamus is incorrect, or misspoke.

    Women are mot bringing in more revenue. In 2015, they brought in 73 million dollars as compared to men’s revenue of 4 billion dollars.

    See Pete’s 9:24

  22. Revenue is the money you collect for providing a product or service. Revenue is different from earnings, which is what’s left of your revenue after subtracting the costs of producing or delivering the product or service and any taxes you paid on the amount you took in.


  23. I mssed Pete’s 9.24 Charles but on reading the Forbes article it seems to be referring to the revenue generated by the World Cup tournaments as opposed to the national US male & female soccer teams that Seamus refers to.

  24. We may be talking about 2 different things. Seamus didn’t link to his evidence at hs 7:25 so I can’t tell.

  25. https://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2016/04/06/uswnt-us-soccer-wage-discrimination-revenue-unequal-pay

    seems this is going to court of sorts, before the EEOC. (Equal employment opportunity commission)

    U.S. Soccer says the men produced nearly double the revenue of the women over a four-year cycle. But a look at U.S. Soccer’s financial report shows the gap between the U.S. men and women is much closer when you look at the four years from 2014 to ’17. Both sides will bring in their own economists in the EEOC case. In the end, bringing the wage discrimination complaint was a brilliant tactic by the U.S. women to get the best offer possible from U.S. Soccer in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.

  26. Seamus is incorrect, or misspoke.

    On researching, the answer is “it depends what data you’re looking at.” The data that US Soccer puts forth, is from 2014 to 2017, showing men had double the women’s revenue. But that was before, and therefore doesn’t count revenue, from 2 back to back Women’s World Cup Wins, which obviously skews the data up.

    It will be interesting to see what the EEOC decides.

  27. It depends what data you’re looking at

    Yep, it normally does. What was that Clemens said about lies and damned lies?

  28. So it seems that Rapinoe is not as dumb, or Charles is not as smart, as would first seem! 😉

  29. Humble as ever. Good man Charles.

  30. Having acquired ’empowerment’ and escaping the patriarchy, they have discovered that they are generally inadequate in the white man’s world – and they believe that they are suffering discrimination!!!


    In preparation for two upcoming friendlies against Russia, the U.S. women’s national team played the FC Dallas U-15 boys academy team on Sunday and fell 5-2, according to FC Dallas’ official website.

    This friendly came as the U.S. looked to tune up before taking on Russia on Thursday night in a friendly.

    Just last month the U.S. lost the SheBelieves Cup, winning the first game over Germany 1-0 before losing to England (1-0) and France (3-0).

    Right – so the US women’s soccer team which reached the WC finals was trounced by a U-15 boys team from Dallas.

    Of course, this match against the academy team was very informal and should not be a major cause for alarm. The U.S. surely wasn’t going all out, with the main goal being to get some minutes on the pitch, build chemistry when it comes to moving the ball around, improve defensive shape and get ready for Russia.

    Brilliant 🙂 Let’s imagine that the men’s team had a similar result, and the US men’s team is powerful – what would have happened?

    But worse still – the women want ‘equality’ with men…….money


    They are unhinged, in every sense.

    More importantly, if there were a fire in your house and the door needs busted down to save a child, would you want an ‘equal pay’ man or an ‘equal pay’ woman to take care of the door?

  31. The majority of the United States Soccer Federation’s revenue is bundled up, ie it is impossible really to determine what is earned by women and what is earned by men. When US Soccer sells a sponsorship deal for example they don’t sell a men’s sponsorship deal or a women’s sponsorship deal. They sell a sponsorship deal for both. As such the bulk of US Soccer revenue can’t be attributed to either men or women directly.

    What can be is game revenue involving either national side. From 2016 to 2018 women’s games generated about $50.8 million in revenue compared with $49.9 million for the men (according to US Soccer’s audits).

    So in the only part of the revenue that can be apportioned to either men or women has women generating more revenue. So unless there is a good reason to suggest (which will undoubtedly be the US Soccer strategy in the court cases) that the remainder of the revenue (which is some 75% of the revenue) is generated more heavily by men – and I can’t honestly think of many good reasons (in fact the anecdotal evidence would suggest the opposite, that in things like merchandising that women do better than men) – then the most logical conclusion is that women generate broadly the same revenue as men, and in the last few years have generated more.

    In the wider debate male footballers generate far, far more revenue than women and only naturally should generate higher salaries. But in the United States, with an elite, record breaking women’s team, and a relatively pedestrian, not great men’s team, the opposite is true. Women at very worst hold their own in US Soccer and should be expected to at very worst hold their own in terms of salaries.

  32. Maybe we should compare the salaries of The US men and the US women With the salaries of national squad soccer players from other places.

  33. Why don’t they do a better job of just negotiating their own damn contracts ?

    This scumbag Union mentality he or she makes this so I should make the same…. bull.

    Friggin commie… stand for yourself and argue what you’re worth not someone else’s worth or to me you’re not worth a dime.

    Just my personal view.

  34. Under ‘capitalism’, you supposedly get paid what you’re worth, so in this case I would expect the men to be paid more than the women, as the male footballers bring in more revenue than the females.

  35. Dave Alton: they don’t in the North America