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By: Amaury Pi-Gonzalez
Yes, the FIFA Women’s World Cup champion US women’s soccer team should get equal pay like their male counterparts, but what they have to do is for their attorneys to re-negotiate their contracts. However, when it comes to this recent international World Cup, the ruling organization is FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) and FIFA has been a very corrupt organization for a long time.
FIFA would say that the Men’s World Cup is watched by half of the world, while the Women’s World Cup is not. While that is true, here in the US, the latest World Cup where the US women won their fourth World Cup accumulated a total rating bonanza for the FOX network. The last time they won the Women’s World Cup four years ago, they had an impressive 25.4 million viewers, making it the most watched soccer game in American TV history.
Yesterday, 14.3 million viewers watched the 2-0 win over the Netherlands in Lyon, France for the now four-time World Cup champs, which is up 22% over the 2018 Men’s World Cup Final.
The US women’s team that just won have a great argument to make, especially here in the US, to get paid as much as the US men’s team. This however, will be played out in a legal arena as attorneys are already involved. Today, this female championship team today has great leverage and enjoys tremendous popularity in this country. I cannot see why they cannot get equal pay.
When it comes to fútbol (soccer) in World Cup competition, the male teams always show higher ratings than their female counterparts. That is the whole world. In some countries where soccer is king, women still have to walk behind men, they are prohibited to get an education, and in some countries, they are not even allowed to drive.
But we are different that the rest of the world, so my prediction is that the US women’s team have an excellent opportunity to finally have equal pay and this is their best time for that argument.
Regardless of whether or not they get equal pay, we must congratulate them for a great World Cup. New York will welcome them with a ticker tape parade this Wednesday.