Whingey Kickballers

And so, the US women’s soccer team, world champions, so they say, is suing for equal pay. Well, Bookworm took a look. Let’s see what she found.

The 26 members of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, winners of the 2019 World Cup, are in the midst of a court battle against the US Soccer Federation, with whom they have a collective bargaining agreement signed in 2016. The ladies are screaming about gender discrimination and the gender pay gap. They want to be paid the same as the men on the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team. Or as CBS’s 60 Minutes frames it:

Few teams have been as glorious on the soccer field as the United States Women’s National Team. They’ve won three World Cups, four Olympic gold medals, and set the standard in the most popular sport on the planet.  But despite their achievements, the players say they have been discriminated against, paid less and treated worse, next to the U.S. men’s team. Soccer may be known as the beautiful game, but the team has embarked on a bruising and historic legal fight for equality and their opponent is the U.S. Soccer Federation, their own employer. For the players, it’s the match of their lives. They hope a victory will help close the gap, not just in sport, but in any job where women do the same work as men for less pay.

Heart rending, is it not? There is a reason everyone on the left is framing this as an equitable and emotional argument.  Neither statutory law nor the laws of free market economics are on the side of the ladies.

If their labor was purely soccer and we lived in the world of Karl Marx and the labor theory of value, they would have a good argument.  It is not.  Whether the women win or lose on the pitch, the labor of the U.S. women’s soccer team has no intrinsic value to their employer, the USSF. To the employer, the sole value of the ladies’ labor is to generate revenue, and women soccer players overall do quite poorly relative to the men.  Only a small subset of soccer fans care enough about women’s soccer to support it.  For comparison, the world soccer governing body, FIFA,reported revenues from men’s soccer in 2018 of “over $6 billion”  in revenue in 2018, while the women’s tournament “is estimated to only have brought in $131 million in 2019.”

Book makes an excellent point here. Professional athletes are not paid to play their sport. They are paid to sell tickets, TV contracts, and hot dogs. That they do that by playing a sport is as relevant as the steelworker who thinks he is paid to swing a hammer, he is part of an effort to make steel, the hammer swinging, as important as it may be, is not the point.

But it’s California where the law depends on your feelings, so they’ll probably get some unearned income, depend partly on how hard the USSF fights, I suppose.

The Babylon Bee also reported on this and may have the most relevant post of all.

U.S.—Despite the U.S. Women’s soccer team’s stunning performance in winning the World Cup, there is a giant pay gap between them and the less successful men’s team. This has caused a huge outcry, as many Americans are now baffled that anyone is paid to play soccer.

“What? Why? How?” stammered plumber Rory Eubanks, expressing the sentiment of many Americans. “Where is that money even coming from?”

Soccer is a game played by children and Europeans that involves moving a ball around without using one’s hands — the feature that distinguishes man from lesser animals. It is unclear how such an activity could generate money. “I know with actual sports, you have stadiums that make money from selling tickets and hot dogs,” said Alison Jensen, a nurse and another citizen scared and confused by the concept of soccer players being paid, “but there’s nothing like a soccer stadium around here.” Her eyes then grew large with fright. “Is there?”

Even scientists are baffled at how soccer players are being paid. “I dunno,” said scientist Earl Webb before adding, “You got me.”

Theories on how soccer players are getting paid range from tax money boondoggle to mob money laundering scheme to ISIS plot to get Americans to do a useless thing like kick a ball around instead of activities that actually help the economy like hauling lumber or driving an Uber.

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11 Responses to Whingey Kickballers

  1. Nicholas says:

    I am getting very sick of these culture wars – the West is killing itself. Going Amish is daily becoming a more attractive option (plus the hard physical labour would burn off all those calories from home-made food). Now…where, Brother Neo, hast thou placed my milking cap?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. hocuspocus13 says:

    Perhaps after the recent anti American display of the Women’s Soccer Team

    Less tickets etc will be sold and their pay will be less than it is today! ⚽

    Liked by 1 person

  3. audremyers says:

    Women’s Soccer = AOC = who cares?

    Liked by 1 person

  4. the unit says:

    I’m dragging today. Tropical stormitis got me down. Maybe comment next week…or tomorrow. 🙂
    https://imgur.com/a/lSGzsMW

    Liked by 1 person

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