Victor and I are extremely close friends,” added Stamkos. “We came up in this organization as 18-year-old kids. To say that we’re going to be together for the long run, and on one team, that’s something special. We have talked a lot throughout this process. I joke with him that sometimes I forget the time difference (with Sweden) and I’m calling him at 4 in the morning. But he’s always getting back to me as quick as he can. It was extremely exciting to see him sign. A big reason why both of us stuck around is because of the relationship that we have as teammates and as friends as well.
“The filing, citing figures from the USSF’s 2015 financial report, says that despite the women’s team generating nearly $20 million more revenue last year than the U.S. men’s team, the women are paid about a quarter of what the men earn.
“I’ve been on this team for a decade and a half, and I’ve been through numerous CBA negotiations, and honestly, not much has changed,” Solo said. “We continue to be told we should be grateful just to have the opportunity to play professional soccer, to get paid for doing it.
"In this day and age, it’s about equality. It’s about equal rights. It’s about equal pay. We’re pushing for that. We believe now the time is right because we believe it’s our responsibility for women’s sports and specifically for women’s soccer to do whatever it takes to push for equal pay and equal rights. And to be treated with respect.”
“We are the best in the world, have three World Cup championships, four Olympic championships, and the [men] get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships,” Solo said.”
“In skiing, there’s such an alpha male thing about pulling the hottest chicks,” Kenworthy says. “I know hooking up with hot girls doesn’t sound like the worst thing in the world. But I literally would sleep with a girl and then cry about it afterward. I’m like, ‘What am I doing? I don’t know what I’m doing.’”
I am done kindly asking you to stop forgetting the other half of the population. I am done asking you to please be aware of a lack of development for girls in most countries around the world. I am done being told to be quiet because there is no market in women’s football. Of course there is not. FIFA has not invested in their game. You have to build the players to build the market.
You preach on your website, “As football’s world governing body, FIFA is firmly committed to the principles of good governance, transparency and zero tolerance towards any wrongdoing,” yet actions never match the rhetoric at FIFA. Dr. Carrard, if FIFA’s mission is about improving, growing and promoting the game, then how are the above numbers acceptable? Your next pillar of reform must recognize the girls and young women who simply want a chance to play. Live the mission FIFA intended, and make these member associations accountable. Make them transparent with their spending on women. Make them show you what programming they are offering their girls’ and women’s teams. Make them hire people within the federation who wake up every single day thinking about how they can advance the women’s game in their country. There are plenty of passionate and smart people eager to take on this very task. Bring them into the fold. Be the guardians of the game you profess to be.
Developing football everywhere. For all. Five words that should mean so much. Five words that seem so promising, yet promise so little.
Home to more than 10,000 athletes at the Summer Games and 2,700 at the Winter, the Olympic Village is one of the world’s most exclusive clubs. To join, prospective members need only have spectacular talent and – we long assumed – a chaste devotion to the most intense competition of their lives. But the image of a celibate Games began to flicker in ‘92 when it was reported that the Games’ organizers had ordered in prophylactics like pizza. Then, at the 2000 Sydney Games, 70,000 condoms wasn’t enough, prompting a second order of 20,000 and a new standing order of 100,000 condoms per Olympics.
Many Olympians, past and present, abide by what Summer Sanders, a swimmer who won two gold medals, a silver and a bronze in Barcelona, calls the second Olympic motto: “What happens in the village stays in the village.” Yet if you ask enough active and retired athletes often enough to spill their secrets, the village gates will fly open. It quickly becomes clear that, summer or winter, the games go on long after the medal ceremony. “There’s a lot of sex going on,” says women’s soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo, a gold medalist in 2008. How much sex? “I’d say it’s 70 percent to 75 percent of Olympians,” offers world-record-holding swimmer Ryan Lochte, who will be in London for his third Games. “Hey, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do."