Yesterday, the USWNT and U.S. Soccer dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s on their settlement over the facilities/amenities/coaching half of their dispute over equal pay. Whereas it’s a very good factor that the ladies’s workforce may have the identical flights, motels, medical and coaching workers as the lads, the settlement being over means the workforce won’t transfer forward with their attraction to the financials portion, which was thrown out by a decide within the spring.
However inside that assertion lies the issue, and it’s the final bullet level. The USWNT, in keeping with Parlow Cone, is asking U.S. Soccer to make up the distinction in prize cash that comes from FIFA, and Levinson doesn’t look like disputing that. Which is just past the scope of US Soccer.
What the ladies are after is a better share of the prize cash from qualifiers and the World Cup. And the factor is, there’s a struggle available there. FIFA sells broadcast rights and sponsorships for each World Cups bundled collectively. At no level do they quantify the worth of both. All the cash for each is available in on the identical time. That would go away an argument that they’re value the identical, which suggests the prize cash needs to be the identical.
Failing that, there may be an argument available that FIFA needs to be utilizing proceeds from the lads’s match and recreation to fund the ladies’s, merely due to the disparity that’s come earlier than. In any case, FIFA is meant to be non-profit, and is a billions-of-dollars sized entity.
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That needs to be the struggle the USWNT picks, not the one with U.S. Soccer that they’ve principally already received.
Whereas I stay a Shohei Ohtani skeptic (I’ve accepted dying alone and bitter way back), that doesn’t imply I’m not going to gobble up all of the fireworks whereas they’re nonetheless there available earlier than he finally ends up totaled once more. Final night time, Ohtani hit a double down the appropriate area line in Ok.C. that left the bat at 119 MPH. It’s the toughest hit ball of the season thus far.
In his newest e-newsletter (a should for any hardcore baseball fan), Joe Sheehan identified what the issues are with the brand new baseball, concerning among the issues we went over final week. Sure, exit velocities are up, as a result of lighter nature of the ball. Nonetheless, there was much less drag, which suggests much less homers thus far (or not less than much less of a homer fee per fly ball). However all that’s doing is punishing hitters for squaring up balls and giving them much less bases or making them out altogether.
On the flip facet, pitchers could also be throwing it more durable too. Velocity has been on the rise for years, and that’s all it could be. However for example, Jacob deGrom has already thrown 23 pitches over 100 MPH this season. He solely threw 33 final 12 months. Aroldis Chapman has thrown 11 after 23 final 12 months. Once more, possibly simply pure development, or only a spike, however value watching as we transfer alongside right here.