US Soccer Teams Reach Equal Pay Agreements

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The Facts

  • On Wed., the US Soccer Federation (USSF) announced new collective bargaining agreements (CBA) to ensure equal pay and prize money for its men's and women's teams.

  • The CBA will last through 2028 and makes it the first governing body in the sport to equalize FIFA World Cup prize money by pooling funds and then splitting them equally.

The Spin

Left narrative

This is a historic moment that represents a major victory for both women and the sport itself. The agreements rightly make women and men partners who operate as equals, a rarity in the field of sports that will elevate the USSF to a new level and potentially lead the way to equal pay in all sports.

Right narrative

The new deals aren't necessarily the "equal pay" agreements that the USSF hopes for. The reality is that, in order to achieve equal pay, the men's team - which generates most of the revenue - will have to subsidize the women's team. This could affect the larger mission of the organization as less money will be reinvested in the game.

Nerd narrative

There is a 37% chance that median wages will be higher for women than for men in the US in 2050, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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