Monday, July 6, 2015

Give Your Money to Women

In more World Cup news, the US v. Japan game attracted enough viewers to shatter US ratings records (and yes, that includes for men's soccer). It almost had as many viewers as a World Series game, which I understand is baseball.

Which makes this all the more fucked:

U.S. Women Win World Cup, Get Stiffed By FIFA

The U.S. women’s soccer team defeated Japan on Sunday to win the World Cup. For their dominant performance, the team will collect $2 million from FIFA, the international body that runs the tournament. 
The championship prize for women pales in comparison to the $8 million in prize money awarded to men’s teams who lose in the first round. Every men’s team was awarded $1.5 million just for participating.

So more people watch regular soccer than men's soccer in the US but the women don't even make as much money as male losers? Fun.

Plus, the women had to play on artificial turf, which is probably why there was so much slipping and sliding. Take it from me, artificial turf can change the entire game. It's all shiny, it raises the field temperature by a lot, and the ball bounces differently on it.

FIFA may change now that ratings were so high, but only because all they care about is profits. They don't even care if poor people are forced out of their homes for their shitty men's tournaments or if slave labor is used to prepare for them. Fuck 'em.

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