The “woke” takeover of sports is nearing completion.
Progressive politics have begun to drive the narrative around the world of sports.
Now one sports organization caved to one anti-Trump athlete who disrespected the anthem.
Megan Rapinoe and the “woke” U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team reached a settlement agreement with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF).
The women will receive $22 million—roughly one-third of what they were suing for—and an additional $2 million said aside by the USSF.
Proud of this historic moment and excited to move forward together with our players to grow soccer and advance opportunities for women and girls around the world. https://t.co/MCFsjZjJdM
— Cindy Cone (@cone_cindy) February 22, 2022
The settlement ends a years-long fight for the USWNT that claimed they were getting paid unfairly compared to the men’s team.
However, they cut a separate collective bargaining deal from the men’s team.
They only became dissatisfied with the deal after they won the Women’s World Cup.
Also, the men’s team got a cut of the Men’s World Cup, which dwarfs the Women’s World Cup in terms of ratings, attendance, and prize money.
Essentially, the men’s team got a smaller piece of a significantly bigger pie.
But not all were so triumphant about the settlement agreement.
Former USWNT goalie Hope Solo, who’s been critical of Rapinoe and the team, explained:
“This settlement is not a ‘huge win.’ It’s heartbreaking and infuriating. A ‘promise’ of equal pay from the Federation and backpay for a select group of players isn’t equal pay and it’s not what this fight was about…Read the fine print. ‘Contingent upon the negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement.’ It doesn’t exist yet and is not guaranteed. If the players had ever been successful in negotiating an equal CBA, there would’ve been no reason to sue the Federation in the first place.”
Negotiating an equal CBA is going to be difficult for the USWNT because of the disparate interest in men’s and women’s soccer around the globe.
Solo went on to call out Rapinoe and Alex Morgan by name:
“Throughout the entire process, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan were the two most agreeable with the Federation and to this day, continue to to accept terms that are nowhere near what we set out to do…They both know this is not a win. They know it’s an easy out of a fight they were never really in.”
Nevertheless, the settlement is being celebrated by the corporate press.
But nobody should be surprised if the fight over “equal pay” crops up again in a few years when attempts to massage the math don’t pan out as intended.