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It's time for women in sport to start being grateful again they get the opportunity to play professional sport and stop all this campaigning for equal pay for equal work. Here's five reasons why.
By
Nicky Bryson

Source:
Zela
15 Apr 2016 - 7:25 AM  UPDATED 15 Apr 2016 - 7:36 AM

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".

Reaction: Raymond Moore and THOSE comments
Get down on your knees lady players! Raymond Moore, CEO of India Wells and man of a certain age who should know better, said some dumb and ignorant things about women's tennis. The internet, understandably, reacted.

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. 

World Champions USWNT have had enough of sexism
For the USWNT it's simple; equal play, equal pay.

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:

 

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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

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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. 

World Champions USWNT have had enough of sexism
For the USWNT it's simple; equal play, equal pay.

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.