In case you missed it the other day, the U.S. Women’s Soccer team won the World Cup by demolishing Japan 5-2. It was never really much of a fight, and quite frankly it was more of a clown show. I mean, what the hell was this all about?
Granted it was unbelievable kick by Carly whats her face, but how does the goalie for a team in the World Cup Final allow that to happen? It’s like watching the Globetrotters against the Washington Generals, except the result of the game matters.
Anyway, I watched it because nothing else was on. Also it was Fourth of July weekend, and we were playing the team that beat us four years ago and bombed us 74 years ago, so you kind of had to watch it if you weren’t a communist.
But the ratings for this game were the highest in American history. Higher than Game 7 of the World Series. Felger and Mazz were having a soccer lovefest today, talking about soccer is taking over, and millenials love it and blah, blah, blah.
Newsflash – people turned it on because there were literally no alternatives on a Sunday night at 7 and the USA was playing. If it was Germany against Argentina like the men’s final was, no one would’ve turned it on. That’s just a fact. The World Series was finished on a weeknight during primtime TV. This game took place during rerun season and what happened to be the most patriotic weekend of the year. Anyone with a brain knew that this would happen. All you had to do was look at the ratings for the games before this and realize that only a select few people were paying attention until the championship game. It has nothing to do with the growth of soccer or women’s sports.
Naturally the feministos have shown up in large numbers to complain about how sexist the payouts were.
Here’s an excerpt from an article on Politico, whining about how sexist FIFA is for not paying men and women equally:
Pay for professional women’s soccer players is at best paltry and at worst outright shameful compared to those of their male counterparts. (The U.S. men’s team is currently ranked 27, compared with the world-champion women.) This year’s tournament featured a generation of American women who have not lived in a world without Title IX and did their jobs elegantly and professionally: They won the game, defeating a longtime rival in Japan; and as they did during the 2012 London Olympics, they won with high-caliber athleticism, class and sportswomanship along the way.
But with the exception of women’s tennis, broadcasters have not valued women’s sports equally, thus resulting in less money filtering down to players. The thinking among entertainment executives is often that ratings will be lackluster, interest will be low, advertisers won’t clamor to buy commercial time between the plays, even though the U.S. women’s team is delivering wins consistently. It leads to a fascinating chicken-egg problem: If networks did a better job of promoting women’s soccer, would more people watch it? Or, if more people watch women’s soccer, will the networks begin to pay more for the rights? Currently, it feels like a chicken-chicken problem, with the women’s team doing their job (winning games) and everyone else lagging badly in valuing their work. If the crowd in Chicago Sunday or chatter online was any indicator, people want to watch good athletic competition – male or female.
How fucking stupid are these people? Like FIFA just has a wad of cash lying around that they’re not giving the American women because they’re old school misogynists. Newsflash – women get paid less money than men because women’s soccer doesn’t generate the money that men’s soccer does. This is how capitalism works.
And I love how this feministo blames everyone else for the revenue inequality. It’s the executives fault for realizing that advertisers won’t pay the same rates for commercials in the women’s World Cup as they will in the men’s World Cup. It’s the networks job for not “promoting” women’s soccer enough…whatever that means. It’s the viewers fault for not “valuing the women’s soccer team’s worth.” In other words, it’s a gigantic conspiracy to make sure women get paid less than men for equal work.
Newsflash feministos – it doesn’t matter if they “did their jobs elegantly.” The only thing that matters is money. The men generate it and the women don’t. It doesn’t matter the reason why. The fact is people didn’t show up. End of story.
The fact that people are outraged about this just shows that we’ve had “equality” shoved down our throats so many times, that people don’t understand what equality really means. In this instance, women and men are equal. They both have the chance to play soccer and make money off of it. But how much money they make depends on the amount of revenue that they generate. And men generate more revenue. It doesn’t mean women aren’t “equal” to men, it just means they can’t sell out stadiums for every single game like men can. That’s not sexist, it’s just a simple fact.
Part of the problem is the WNBA. The league has only 12 teams, and less than half of them turn a profit. It’s the only business in America that continues to operate every year despite losing money. It’s essentially a welfare league that is supported by the money generated from the NBA. It exists solely for the purposes of PR, so the NBA can show that they support women’s athletics.
Because of the WNBA, morons now think every sport should be like this. They think that because you show up and try your best you should be compensated equally. It’s like a bizarro world that there are this many people out there who actually think that this is how the world works.
You know why all these frauds are whining about this? Because the championship game was the only game they watched. They thought every game was played in front of a sold out crowd, but this is what they really looked like:
And the crowd goes wild!!!
We’ve become so obsessed with equality, that we glaze over the fact that you can’t award someone money that doesn’t exist. In the men’s World Cup every single game is sold out, no matter who’s playing. That’s why the men’s World Cup generated $3.6 billion, while the women’s generated $50.6 million. That is approximately 70 times the amount of revenue for those counting at home.
That’s how the free market works. People pay for things they want. If your product doesn’t sell, then you don’t make money. So to find out if men and women were really treated equally at the World Cup, you have to take the total amount of revenue for the men’s and women’s World Cup, and divide it by the total amount paid out to players. This is what you get:
So as you can see, proportionally, the women made four times as much as the men did based on their piece of the revenue pie. Sounds like some soccer players are more equal than others.
Look, I’m all for women’s sports. If I ever have a girl to go alongside Turtleboy Jr, I pray to God she likes sports, because there’s no way I’m going to watch ballet recitals for 18 years. I think women’s sports are great, and I think Title IX, although somewhat flawed, has been critical for the growth of American female athletics.
But this ain’t college anymore. This is the pros. And in a professional environment you are paid what you are worth. The men fill stadiums and sell merchandise. The women don’t come close. Therefore the men get paid more. Want women to get paid more? Start filling up the stadiums and buying the jerseys. Boom. Equality solved.