breaking down the u.s. women's pay bias complaint
The five stars of the U.S. women's team who have filed a federal complaint accusing U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination say they have been shortchanged on everything from bonuses to per diems. Here is a breakdown of some of the major issues of the complaint, announced Thursday:
Does the women's team — winner of three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals — generate more revenue than the men's, which has won neither?
U.S. Soccer released financial details at its last general meeting that projects the women will generate $17.6 million in the 2017 fiscal year and the men an estimated $9 million. The women have qualified for this summer's Olympics; the men did not. For the 2016 fiscal year, the teams generated revenue of $17.7 million, thanks in part to the women's World Cup victory and subsequent tour.
Did the women earn bonuses for winning the 2015 World Cup?
U.S. Soccer pays the women $30,000 for making a World Cup team, the men $68,750 apiece, documents in the complaint say. The men's team gets a $2.5 million bonus for making the World Cup field. The women's team doesn't get a bonus.
What are the salary differences?
Payouts are based on terms in each team's collective bargaining agreement. The top players on the women's team are paid about $72,000 a year by U.S. Soccer, along with bonuses, to play in a minimum of 20 exhibitions per year. They are awarded bonuses if they win those games, with the potential to earn $99,000, the complaint says. Players on the men's team are also required to play at least 20 exhibitions a year, earning a minimum of $5,000 for each appearance. Compensation varies with the level of opponent, based on world ranking. Players can earn up to $263,320 if they win all their games, the federal complaint says. The male players are typically offered greater compensation as incentive to appear in exhibition games because many have demanding schedules with their club teams, an attorney said. Members of the women's team are allocated to teams in the National Women's Soccer League, and U.S. Soccer pays their club salaries.
Golson returns to Notre Dame for pro day, feels like 'coming home'
Quarterback Everett Golson said he felt like a "long-lost brother coming home" as he returned to Notre Dame to take part in pro day a year after leaving to play his final season at Florida State.
"It's not like I'm some brand new guy," he said. "I talked to them as if I was at workouts yesterday."
Golson, who led the Irish to a national championship game appearance as a redshirt freshman, started for the Seminoles last season, winning the first six games. But he threw a costly interception in a loss to Georgia Tech, missed the Syracuse game with a concussion, didn't start against Clemson, then committed three turnovers in a little more than a quarter of play against N.C. State.
Golson said he doesn't regret his decision to leave Notre Dame.
Baseball: Former major-league outfielder J.D. Drew, 40, a two-time All-American at Florida State and national player of the year in 1997, is among this year's seven-member National College Baseball Hall of Fame class. Also being inducted are former major-leaguers Rick Monday (Arizona State) and Tom Paciorek (Houston), and Texas' Augie Garrido, the coach with the most victories in college baseball history.
Hockey: Michigan freshman forward Kyle Connor, Boston College junior goalie Thatcher Demko and Harvard senior forward Jimmy Vesey are the finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the sport's top player. The winner will be announced April 8 in Tampa during the NCAA Frozen Four.
football: The more hits to the head an amateur player takes, the greater the risk that he will be depressed, have difficulty making decisions or develop other forms of cognitive impairment as an adult, a Boston University study says. The study, published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, is the first to look at the connection between the cumulative number of impacts sustained in youth football through college and later-in-life mental difficulties, co-author Dr. Robert Stern said.
tennis: No. 15 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova erased 12 of the 14 break points she faced and beat No. 19 Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-3 to reach the Miami Open final in Key Biscayne. She faces No. 13 Victoria Azarenka, who beat No. 2 Angelique Kerber 6-2, 7-5. Azarenka improved to 21-1 this year and has yet to drop a set in the tourney. For the men, No. 6 Kei Nishikori overcame five match points and beat No. 16 Gael Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) in the quarterfinals. Next for Nishikori is a match tonight against No. 24 Nick Kyrgios, who beat No. 12 Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).