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The recent USWNT Women's World Cup win has reignited the discussion about equal pay between men and women in sports. This year's Gold Cup and World Cup are perfect examples for this discussion. Since each team/country/etc can be a little different, I'm just going keep it on the USWNT and Men's team.
Everyone probably knows at this point that the Woman's team dominated this year and won the Cup, while the Men's team did not win the Gold Cup. So if it was left simply at that it seems like the winners should get paid more, no matter which team it was. FIFA, the governing body in control of payouts of prize money, says the winning U.S. team will receive a maximum payout of $200k per player (including all bonuses from what I understand), though the Men's team would/have received $1,114,429 per player. Disclaimer: The numbers I've been able to find have all been a little different and/or are from years 2015-2019, so I can't swear by that. But everything that I've seen regarding pay/viewership/revenue from all years says the same thing, there's a pretty substantial difference.
If we just look at the two teams for what they are and the revenue they have produced for FIFA in general, it seems clear to me that if anything at all, either team should be allowed the exact same payout for winning the tournament. I just can't see any reason why they shouldn't be. I've seen people bringing up that the pay isn't all that different when considering viewership/wins/etc, but if that's really the case then the Womans team deserves way more than the Mens team, atleast in the past few years that they've been absolutely killing it.
All in all, I know that it's a complicated issue. I understand that there's alot that goes into decisions like this. But I don't understand why it's not a cut-n-dry equal payout for, at the very minimum, tournament wins. Does anyone see something here that I'm missing? I've seen a bunch of people claiming that it all adds up in the end to be about the same, but I can't find any figures that show that.