Skip to navigationSkip to content
Close
Revealed: US women’s soccer team generated more revenue than men

Revealed: US women’s soccer team generated more revenue than men

Read more on SportBusiness

Featured contributions

More contributions

  • At this time it is mind blowing that this should be an issue. Give them the money and apologize.

  • and they are still paid less? Disgusting and needs to be fixed ASAP

  • Compare World Cup revenues. That's where the men get the majority of their money from. This is an intellectually dishonest and shallow argument. The difference between the women's and men's World Cup revenue- where the men's team gets the majority of their funding- is laughable. The men's world cup players

    Compare World Cup revenues. That's where the men get the majority of their money from. This is an intellectually dishonest and shallow argument. The difference between the women's and men's World Cup revenue- where the men's team gets the majority of their funding- is laughable. The men's world cup players' share in 2010 as $348 million. The women's- $10 million. Despite splitting a revenue bucket that was 34X that of the women's, they only brought in 4X the money. The women's team gets a larger % of the revenue they help generate than the men do.

  • The headline is slightly misleading.

    Of course the US Women's World Cup squad is going to do better than the men, the Men's team is up against all the best men's teams in the world like all of South America and Europe, they don't stand a chance so nobody is really interested in watching them get thrashed

    The headline is slightly misleading.

    Of course the US Women's World Cup squad is going to do better than the men, the Men's team is up against all the best men's teams in the world like all of South America and Europe, they don't stand a chance so nobody is really interested in watching them get thrashed.

    The US women's team has worked damn hard to be the best women's team in the world and is recognised as such, so if course it is going to draw a large audience, but even then it can only manage a couple of million more than the blokes.

    I don't want to take anything away from the athletes in the women's team but this is not an apples for apples comparison.

  • I strongly support equal pay when the work output is identical (or similar). In a business world, 2 people who deliver the same results should unquestionably be paid the same.

    HOWEVER to say that USWNT delivers the same output as USMNT is not an accurate statement. While they may win more and may have

    I strongly support equal pay when the work output is identical (or similar). In a business world, 2 people who deliver the same results should unquestionably be paid the same.

    HOWEVER to say that USWNT delivers the same output as USMNT is not an accurate statement. While they may win more and may have generated more tix sales, the overall output is not the same. Soccer like any sport is a business and they need to be judged on total value creation. Tix sales are a tiny portion of total revenue and 3 minor advertising examples represent a small impact on the total ad income.

    Most telling is TV ratings, while some US games like World Cup get solid ratings, most networks try to avoid airing women's soccer because it hurts ratings. In some instances, one womens game may cause ratings to drop so badly that it can take the network the full day to recover.

    Despite all this the women already get paid more than men. They earn 13% of the world cup revenue pie vs 9% for men. It happens their pie is much smaller to begin with.

    As a family with a kid playing soccer at an elite level, we strongly support both US teams but are rational and data-driven about what compensation the players deserve.

  • Hilarious today this is recent news. Way back in 2015 (lol), the US women's soccer team set the television record for the highest rated soccer match in history, and the 2015 World Cup was the most-watched soccer event Americans have ever times into. (huffpost.com) My point being, it's no surprise the

    Hilarious today this is recent news. Way back in 2015 (lol), the US women's soccer team set the television record for the highest rated soccer match in history, and the 2015 World Cup was the most-watched soccer event Americans have ever times into. (huffpost.com) My point being, it's no surprise the women's soccer team generated more revenue than men.

    We, as a society urgently need to reevaluate our relationship with every underrepresented population in general, and need to evolve beyond our current power structure. The old will soon give way to the young.

  • Kudos to the women! Disregard the negative comments on how much harder the men's league is and focus on being proud in the accomplishment. We can pour more money effort and work into the men and they can step up and not whine.

  • PAY. 👏 THESE. 👏 WOMEN. 👏

  • Except the men bring in more on sponsorship and commercials. Nice try.

  • They generated more money than the men, and took home less money than the men.... sup with that????

  • Ivor, Reason will get you no where these days. 😎