The Journal Gazette
Sunday, July 14, 2019 1:00 am

Letter to the sports editor

Equal pay not merited

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team is demanding equal pay. It does not follow that because the USWNT won the Women's World Cup they are outperforming their male counterparts.

If you believe that it does follow, tell me, which member of the USWNT signed a contract with a Big Six Football Club in the English Premier League? Actually, tell me any U.S. woman footballer who has been good enough for the Premier League, as over-40 U.S. men have, or just point out the member of the USWNT that could even make an MLS team.

Comparing the quality of women's football to that of men's football is comparing the quality of elementary school hockey to the NHL. The women's quality of play is nowhere near the quality of the men's. The best of the best women footballers couldn't make a Division Two club in England.

“But they had great ratings!” I hear some argue. Of course they did. FIFA makes certain there is no football of any consequence being played when the Women's World Cup is scheduled. If you're a football fan, you literally have nothing else to watch while the women are playing in their World Cup.

Instead of watching the Women's World Cup, you could paint a wall in your house so that you could watch the paint dry. It would be about as exciting. I'm all for equal pay for women for equal work. But before we pay women footballers on a par with their male counterparts, they should first have to demonstrate equivalent quality in their play and they are a very great distance from doing that today.

Michael Moffitt


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