World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic says male tennis players deserve more money because the spectators love them more, and Indian Wells tournament ex-CEO Raymond Moore astutely observed the women's tour rides “on the coat-tails of the men".
But the U.S. women's national soccer team has not listened to such logic and have filed a wage-discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation.
So let's take a look at the reasons why professional female athletes don’t deserve equal pay.
1. Women can't compete on the world stage
The Aussie Sevens women's team swept the World Series tournament, making them hot favourites for gold at Rio 2016.
2. Female athletes aren't as competitive as men
Just ask London 2012 T34 double Paralympic gold medalist, World and European Champion, and world record holder Hannah Crockford.
3. Women sports stars aren't nearly as exciting as men
No doubt true, just look at NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing.
And these equally unexciting Aussie women:
4. Women just aren't as valuable to sponsors
Nike gets zero return on its investment in No.1 ranked women's tennis champ Serena Williams
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) April 7, 2016
5. Women's sport simply doesn't pull a crowd
World Champion US women's soccer team also generated $20m more revenue than the men's team last year.
Let's cut the BS - the gender wage-gap in sport exists for the same reason as the gender wage-gap in the wider world: sexism and inequality.