Contrary to the claim of the American Football Association that it compensates male and female athletes fairly and equally, the US National Men's Team expresses their support for the US Women's Cup team in search of equal pay.
In a statement released Tuesday, the men's national team players' association disputed the recent claim by USSF President Carlos Cordeiro that American women were actually paid more than men, while generating less income.
& # 39; The Federation makes contributions to the sport when it suits them & # 39 ;, read the statement from the United States National Soccer Team Players Association (USNSTPA), written in response to the open letter from Cordeiro that was issued the day before published.
The USWNT won the World Cup in France on July 7 after filing a lawsuit against pay discrimination against the USSF earlier in March. The USSF and the players of the women's national team have agreed to mediate to settle the lawsuit.
Specifically, the USNSTPA rejected Cordeiro's claim that the US national women's team (USWNT) lost $ 27 million in the last 11 years.
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The USWNT won the World Cup in France on July 7 after filing a lawsuit against pay discrimination against the USSF earlier in March. The USSF and the players of the national women's team have agreed to mediate to settle the lawsuit
The American men's football team expresses its support for the world cup-winning American women's squad in its pursuit of equal pay. (Pictured) American defender Cameron Carter Vickers (17), striker Josh Sargent (19), striker Jonathan Amon (24) and striker Paul Arriola (7) clap to thank the fans after a victory over Jamaica on June 5 in Washington D.C.
During the rally in New York City Hall after the World Cup Victory Parade, the American football president Carlos Cordeiro (photo right) seemed to suggest that the two sides could come to a solution. On Monday, he claimed that men actually earned less than women between 2010 and 2008
& # 39; The Cordeiro letter contains the claim that the USWNT has lost $ 27 million in the last 11 years, but admits that this is based on false accounting because the Federation traditionally does not include any sponsorship, television or marketing money that the Federation generates of the USWNT and USMNT players and their games & # 39 ;, read a statement from the USNSTPA. & # 39; Which American sports team earns money if they don't count television, sponsor and marketing revenue? & # 39;
According to Cordeiro's letter, the Federation paid out $ 34.1 million in salary and game bonuses to women, as opposed to $ 26.4 million in men.
These figures do not include the benefits that only women receive, such as health care.
USSF SAYS THAT THE WOMEN'S TEAM FROM 2010 TO 2018 IS MORE PAID
The American football federation released some financial figures from 2010 to 2018 in response to their ongoing wage dispute with the ladies team.
According to the USSF:
- The American ladies' players received $ 100,000 as their base salary, plus bonuses and another $ 67,500- $ 72,500 per year for their National Women & # 39; s Soccer Team salary (the USSF does not pay salaries for the men's club team)
- In the meantime, the men only receive bonuses, but the USSF has not disclosed that specific wage structure
- In total USSF claims that it paid out $ 34.1 million in salary and game bonuses to women, compared to $ 26.4 million in men
- The federation claims that the women's games earned on average $ 425,446 per game, while the men's team earned $ 972,147 per game
- Over the course of 11 years, according to the letter, the women's team had a net loss of $ 27.5 million, while the men had a net loss of $ 3,130,980 in the last decade
(According to a recent Wall Street Journal the American women's team reported more sales in the three years following the 2015 World Cup victory than the men's team in the same period)
They also do not give an accurate picture of the pay differences, according to a spokesperson for the ladies team.
& # 39; This is a sad attempt by the USSF to suppress the overwhelming flow of support that the USWNT has received from everyone, from fans to sponsors to the United States Congress, & # 39 ;, said Molly Levinson, the spokesperson from the American women's team, Monday in a statement.
& # 39; The USSF fact sheet is not & # 39; clarification & # 39 ;, she added. & # 39; It's a list. & # 39;
The USSF letter comes after players for the women's team filed a federal lawsuit on March 8, claiming that & # 39; institutionalized gender discrimination & # 39; includes an unfair compensation compared to players in the men's team.
A direct comparison of the American team income for men and women is difficult because the two parties have different collective labor agreements with the US Soccer Federation, play a different number of games and earn different types of bonuses. For example, the men only earn bonus money and no salary, which is important because the team did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Another obstacle in determining how much respectively the men's and women's teams earn is the fact that the broadcast rights of the squadrons were sold together. In 2011, Fox reportedly spent $ 400 million in broadcasting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, as well as the 2019 Women's World Cup and various national competitions under 20 and under 17.
The US national men's team is also looking for a new collective labor agreement with the USSF after theirs expired in 2018.
& # 39; We are also surprised that Mr. Cordeiro writes about labor issues, since he has not been in contact with the USNSTPA since his appointment took place, read the USNSTPA statement. & # 39; As you may know, our SCBA expired at the end of 2018 and we are currently awaiting a response from US Soccer to our proposal that the men should give a fair share of all the income they generate and pay the USMNT right away. and USWNT players. & # 39;
US FOOTBALL PLAYERS PLAY SUPPORT FOR AMERICAN WOMEN
The members of the United States National Soccer Team Players Association are once again joining forces with the World & Women National Team champion in their pursuit of fair compensation for their work as professional football players. The USMNT players were not impressed by the letter from the American football association Carlos Cordeiro that was published on Monday. The Federation damages contributions and disputes and focuses on increasing revenues and profits without any idea how to use that money to grow the sport. One way to unfairly increase winnings is to refuse national players to pay a reasonable portion of the income.
Christian Pulisic and his teammates from the American men's football team were not eligible for the 2018 World Cup, but if they had, they would have received more bonus money
The Cordeiro letter contains the claim that the USWNT has lost $ 27 million in the last 11 years, but admits that this is based on false accounting because the Federation traditionally does not include sponsor, television or marketing money that the Federation generates from the USWNT and USMNT players and their games. Which American sports team earns money if they don't count television, sponsor and marketing revenues?
The players of the national women's team deserve a draw and are right to pursue legal remedies from the courts or Congress. The Federation rightly points out the different payment systems with USWNT players on contracts, but we do not believe this justifies discrediting the work they do or the true value of their great impact on the American sports landscape. The only solution Mr Cordeiro proposes is that fans buy more tickets and watch more games on television. He hides the fact that the money does not go to the USWNT players when sponsors pay the Federation to support the USWNT, fans buy tickets for the USWNT games at ever higher ticket prices, and television companies pay more when fans watch USWNT games. That is not fair or just.
We are also surprised that Mr Cordeiro writes about labor issues, since he has not been in contact with USNSTPA since taking office. As you may know, our CBA expired at the end of 2018 and we are currently awaiting a response from US Soccer to our proposal that men should be given a fair share of all the income they generate and provide an equal wage for the USMNT and USWNT- players.
The American women reportedly received $ 250,000 in bonuses for winning a fourth World Cup earlier this month, most of which came from splitting the $ 4 million winner's bag from FIFA.
It is not exactly clear what the American men would earn in bonuses for winning their World Cup, but the French men split a payday of $ 38 million after winning the tournament in Russia last year.
In his open letter, Cordeiro pointed to the discrepancy in FIFA prize money between the World Cups for men and women: & Independently of all funds managed by US Soccer, one of the biggest problems facing women's football is the difference in FIFA prize money. with men's soccer.
MOLLY LEVINSON, SPOKESPERSON OF THE USA WOMAN:
An Ali Krieger fan urges the American Football Association to pay her female athletes equal, while pointing out that American women have four World Cup titles. Meanwhile, the American men have not qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia
This is a sad attempt by the USSF to suppress the overwhelming flow of support that the USWNT has received from everyone, from fans to sponsors to the United States Congress. The USSF has repeatedly admitted that it does not pay women equal and that it does not believe that women even deserve to be paid equal. That's why they use words like & # 39; just and fair & # 39 ;, not equal in describing wages. The figures that USSF uses are completely untrue, including, among other things, the NWSL salaries of the players to inflate the compensation for the players. Every comparison of apples with apples shows that men earn much more than women.
The fact is that the ladies' team has asked for the same pay structure as the men, so they would be paid for equal benefits. USSF refused and offered a lower fee in each category for the ladies team against a performance structure. That is clearly an unequal reward.
The USSF fact sheet is not a & # 39; clarification & # 39 ;. It is a list. This is what they cannot deny. For every game that a man plays at the MNT, he pays a higher basic salary than a woman at the WNT. His bonus is higher for any comparable win or draw. That is precisely the definition of gender discrimination. It is daunting for the USSF to believe differently, but it only increases our determination to get a real equal pay. If the USSF cannot agree to this in the coming mediation, we will see them before the court and the court of public opinion. & # 39;
& # 39; The World Cups for men and women generate vastly different revenues for FIFA, resulting in different prize money – prize money determined exclusively by FIFA. When FIFA world cup payments are included, our American men's national team players received $ 41.0 million from 2010 to 2018 and our American women's national team players $ 39.7 million. & # 39;
According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, the American women's team generated more revenue in the three years following the 2015 World Cup win than the men's team.
However, the USSF claims that the men's team generates more income.
The ladies team generated $ 101.3 million in the course of 238 games between 2009 and 2019, while the men generated $ 185.7 million over 191 games according to the USSF.
& # 39; The figures USSF uses are completely inaccurate, including incorrectly including the (National Women & # 39; s Soccer League) salaries of the players to inflate the allowance for the female players. Every comparison of apples with apples shows that men earn much more than women. & # 39;
But the USSF has experienced a backlash from the public and Congress after the women's team won the world championship earlier this month.
After the US Women & # 39; s side won the cup, there was a protest for equal pay in the stadium in Lyon, France.
It was followed by a parade through New York City days later, during which various politicians expressed their support for equal pay.
During a rally after the town hall, Cordeiro addressed the crowd and seemed to suggest that the two parties could come to a solution.
Initially, Cordeiro's speech seemed conciliatory, as if he agreed with the players' demands for equal pay and support, such as promotion, travel and training accommodation.
& # 39; In the last few months, you have raised your vote for equality to the national women's women's team and the millions that support them, & # 39; said Cordeiro. & # 39; Today I want to say on behalf of all of us at US Soccer: we hear you. We believe in you. And we are committed to doing the right thing through you. & # 39;
Then Cordeiro angered the crowd by congratulating the US Soccer Federation on the fact that they & # 39; more than women in the world & # 39; spent more on women's football.
At that time Cordeiro had to stop talking because he could not be heard about the song of & # 39; equal pay & # 39; from the angry crowd.
& # 39; We will continue to invest more in women's football than in any other country in the world and we will continue to encourage others – including our friends at FIFA – to do the same, & # 39; said Cordeiro, calming the audience.
It was then that Cordeiro aroused enormous applause by declaring: & # 39; We believe at US Soccer that all female athletes deserve a fair and just wage. & # 39;
According to the USSF letter, the men's players receive bonuses and the women's teams receive salaries and a small bonus.
The federation pays for both the women's club competitions and their international obligations, while the salaries for the men's competition are paid independently.
But Cordeiro said the payment system for each party was not different because of gender, but rather because of their separate collective bargaining agreements.
Levinson disagreed: & # 39; Every comparison of apples with apples shows that men earn much more than women. & # 39;
The reward for women players was increased to $ 39.7 million – when FIFA payments are included between 2009 and 2018 – but the men were still $ 41 million, despite only reaching the round of 16 and missing the 2018 cup .
However, the women won the 2015 trophy and won silver in 2011.
FIFA has allocated $ 400 million for the prize money for the last men's tournament in 2018, while only $ 30 million for the ladies last month.
In the letter, Mr Cordeiro also addressed the court case.
He said he had tried to prevent commenting on it so as not to distract from the World Cup.
He wrote: & # 39; Just as our WNT players have shared their perspective, I strongly believe that you – as members of US Soccer, stakeholders, sponsors and partners – deserve to hear ours. & # 39;
The lawsuit will mediate the federation and its women's team on alleged wage discrimination.
All 28 players from the national women's team have filed the charges and claim that they are being paid illegally less than the men.
The American ladies' players receive $ 100,000 as their base salary, plus an additional $ 67,500- $ 72,500 a year for their club performance, a statement said.
The bonus structure for men has not been released.
The federation showed that between 2009 and 2019, women's team games yielded an average of $ 425,446, while the men's team was $ 972,147.
Yet it is common knowledge that the women earned more in total than the men since winning the World Cup in 2015.
In 11 years, according to the letter, the women's team suffered a net loss of $ 27.5 million, with the men having a net loss of $ 3,130,980 over the past decade.
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