Will the U.S. women’s back pay demands hurt future women’s soccer players?

I've been covering women's sports for about three decades now. Not as 100% of my job -- through most of my employment, I've had a lot of editing and online responsibilities as well as reporting -- but I've amassed a considerable amount of women's soccer stories (and a book) and a lot of women's coverage … Continue reading Will the U.S. women’s back pay demands hurt future women’s soccer players?

Women’s soccer: How about equal spending in general, not just equal pay?

Harvard Business Review had a piece on lessons to learn from the U.S. women's soccer team's "equal pay" push, which may be premature given that the lawsuit hasn't proceeded yet (and, based solely on what's going to end up presented in court, may not go well for the women). Here's how I responded: I've covered … Continue reading Women’s soccer: How about equal spending in general, not just equal pay?

English pay and what it means for U.S. men’s soccer

In yesterday's Soccer America piece, I tried to give some perspective on the U.S. men's soccer team's collective bargaining negotiations (remember: they're still playing under an expired deal) by taking a look at national team pay in other countries and other sports. I looked at several examples -- English rugby (a considerable amount of money), … Continue reading English pay and what it means for U.S. men’s soccer