Four members of the USWNT will appear on 60 Minutes to discuss their wage dispute with US Soccer. USSF has made various arguments explaining their side of the dispute, and both parties are currently hashing out a new collective bargaining agreement for the women’s team that takes effect in 2017.
But with the clock counting down, the WNT is continuing their fight in the public eye. Becky Sauerbrunn, Christen Press, Carli Lloyd, and Morgan Brian will take part in an interview on 60 Minutes to discuss the issues at stake and the impact they will have on players. This comes in the wake of two U.S. senators, Senators Patty Murray and Dianne Feinstein, asking for a breakdown of SUM revenue between the MNT and WNT to elucidate the WNT’s actual financial value to USSF.
“We feel like second-class citizens,” says Lloyd.
“This is about gender discrimination,” says Press in response to a question about how this is different from wage disputes in leagues like the NBA and the NFL. “And I don’t think that positive change occurs in the world unless it has to.”
The original signers of the team complaint against US Soccer were Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Hope Solo. Solo has since been suspended by US Soccer for multiple infractions of team policy and Megan Rapinoe is looking like she’s on the outs due to a mix of inability to completely recover from an ACL injury and political differences with federation president Sunil Gulati over her kneeling in US uniform during the national anthem.
Enter Morgan Brian, a younger member of the team but already a staple of the midfield and probably a core member of the WNT for years to come, certainly through 2019 and 2020.
The WNT has been gathering leverage in the form of public opinion since they announced they were filing a complaint with the EEOC. They might have also been counting on the additional leverage of winning a gold medal at the Olympics this year, but that was not to be. Still, they pulled good TV ratings during the Olympics and they’ve drawn good crowds at home friendlies and continue to be highly marketable either as a team or as individuals.
Nor should their drawing power during the 2015 World Cup be discounted; they hit 23.4 million viewers in their final against Japan and showed massive growth from 2011.
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