Like, yes, they will be super stoked to finally get paid to do what they love, and that’s awesome. But they aren’t only asking for compensation for themselves.
They’re asking for youth and development team funding, they’re asking for advertising, they’re asking to grow the game.
They posted about it on social media so they can get attention, and what a lot of people in America love right now is women protesting for equality. But also, all this attention to Women’s Hockey, will probably work to increase revenue to Women’s Hockey. Campaigning for youth and development teams, campaigning for advertisement, will probably work to increase revenue to Women’s Hockey.
Listen, I don’t know what the real endgame is here besides getting pay for WNT, but I’m here for it.
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Just how badly are the U.S. women’s hockey players treated? USA Hockey pays members of the team just $1,000 per month for the six months prior to the Olympic Games.
That’s a salary of $6,000. For four years.
That’s the case even as these players must stay in shape and compete in other events, including the annual world championships, until the arrival of the next Olympic Games.
USOC funding can reach an extra $2,000 per month for top players, but many members of the team make as little as $750 per month. The USOC also pays a one-time bonus to all athletes winning medals at the Olympics, with the most going to gold medalists. In Sochi, the U.S. women could have made $25,000 each if they won gold. Instead they won silver, good for $15,000.
What this means is that quite a few of the players you watched come so close to winning the gold medal against Canada in 2014 rely on their parents to help make ends meet. Meanwhile, USA Hockey is spending most of its $4 million developmental budget on boys in their late teens.
everyone who says women’s hockey is boring: have you ever like, watched a game of it? because it’s not and those players, especially on the Olympic level, are really really really really good. like, really good. the us women’s national hockey team is better than the men’s and they give up so much more for it. they obviously love the game since they get paid jack shit and receive little to no recognition for it. the fact that they want to be paid an actual living wage in exchange for their literal blood, sweat, and tears is completely understandable.
these women give their fucking all to a sport that doesn’t appreciate them in return and it’s about damn time that people realize that.