Skylar Diggins: Still Changing the World and Ready for the 2017 WNBA Season

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We spoke with Skylar Diggins at the end of last year and she had a TON of great things going on. Three months later…she still has a TON of wonderful things going on. We’re still not sure how this lady manages to execute so many things and do it so well, but she does. Check out what’s been going on with Skylar as she gets ready for the start of the 2017 WNBA season.

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The Women of USA Hockey Score HUGE Crack in the Pay Gap Ceiling

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In spite of the best efforts of the likes of O’Reilly and “Spicey,” who continue to disrespect the women who threaten their fragile male egos, women and women in sports got a huge win this week. This morning, less than two weeks after the women of team USA Hockey announced that they would boycott the International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Championships if they didn’t reach a fair compensation deal with USA Hockey officials, USA Hockey announced that an agreement had been reached that would get the women on the ice in time for the Championships.

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How can softball afford a million dollar player?

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Last week the National Pro Fastpitch’s (NPF) Houston-area Scrap Yard Dawgs signed one of the world’s best softball players, Monica Abbott, to a $1,000,000.00 contract.  (I like the look of all the zeroes and wanted you to count them, so I refused to spell it out.)  The NPF expansion team and Abbott signed what is believed to be one of the largest contracts ever paid by an American franchise to a professional female athlete.  When you sit and think about it, it’s a pretty big deal.  This contract didn’t come in more popular sports like basketball or soccer.  It comes in softball; a sport that was taken out of the Olympics after the 2008 games in Beijing.  This contract is being paid to an athlete who’s probably more popular in Japan than she is in the United States.  This contract comes in a league where players on average make $5,000 to $6,000 per season. And this contract comes in a league that most Americans didn’t even know existed.  It’s an incredible contract for an incredible player, and should be celebrated as such.  But as I started talking to people about Abbott’s whopping contract, I noticed that a few common questions started to arise: Who is she and is she really that good?  Can softball really afford to pay her that much?  Why can’t WNBA players make that much?  Can other leagues make this sort of thing happen?  These are all very…very valid questions. If you had the same or similar ones, keep reading because you gon’ learn something today.   Continue reading

GLADIATHER LAW: The USWNT & The Equal Pay Act

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Yesterday the sports world was set abuzz when it was announced that members of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the US Soccer Federation (USSF). Based in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), the complaint states that the USSF has discriminated against the USWNT by paying its athletes less than it pays the athletes for the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) despite the USWNT earning considerable more in revenue and advancing/winning more in major tournaments. In fact, the USWNT earned around $20 million more last year than the men’s team, but was paid about four times less.  Take a look at the data:  Continue reading

Let’s Pray for Our Haters

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There are many things I’d like to be writing about.  I’d like to write about how No. 7 Washington upset No. 2 Maryland last night or how NFL great Randall Cunningham has a daughter who is absolutely murdering the competition in the high jump.  Instead of writing about those wonderful things, however, I’m pondering yet another response to some baseless, misogynistic comments that mischaracterize women and their role in sports.  This time the comments come from respected people in the tennis community.  When asked about the state of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA (“Indian Wells”) as it related to the WTA, recently resigned tournament co-founder and CEO Raymond Moore stated,

“…in my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTA, (laughter) because they ride the coattails of the men.  They don’t make any of the decisions and they are lucky.  They are very, very lucky.  If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport.  They really have.”

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