My questions is: how fucking hard is it to pay female athletes a decent, equitable wage? But even more so, how hard is it to fund women’s sports more generally? The USWNT for hockey and by extension, football, have been far more successful than the men’s teams, and put in just as much work. 6000 dollars for four years of work is outrageous. USA Hockey spends literally no money on development programs for girls’ hockey compared to 3.5 million on boys’ hockey, a market which frankly needs significantly less development. Women’s sport isn’t an afterthought.
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.
Mike Murphy and Dan Rice raise some important points. If they do end up having a team of high schoolers and rec league players, not only will they probably be playing with subpar insurance coverage, they’ll be playing against elite players who won’t be holding back. This is so frightening to consider.
“It’s hard to believe that, in 2017, we still have to fight so hard for basic equitable support,“ said assistant captain Monique Lamoureux-Morando. "But when I think about the women who paved the way for our team – and when I see girls at rinks around the country who are dedicated to pursuing big dreams and look to us to lead by example – it’s well overdue for us to speak up about unfair treatment, even if it means sacrificing an opportunity to represent our country. We owe the next generation more than that. We owe it to ourselves to stand up for what is right.” - U.S. Women’s Hockey Team Will Not Play in World Championships, ESPNW
She’s a U-18 player. We’ve known for a few days that the U-18 team was standing with the senior team. The real question is, did USA Hockey? Clearly not. Guess they didn’t hear about Duggan calling everyone and confirming their support. Oops…
Hey Canadians - AUSTON MATTHEWS IS AMERICAN. He is allowed to be happy that his home country team with a lot of guys he played with before won. Just because he plays in Canada DOESNT MAKE HIM CANADIAN. What about all the Canadians playing for American teams that cheered for Canada? Just let him be happy his country won.