Early estimates suggest this year’s final was the most-watched soccer match in USA television history, for either men or women, with Twenty-First Century Fox’ (FOXA)Fox network hitting a peak of 22.86 million viewers during the broadcast.
Two women’s soccer leagues have already failed in this country and the current one, the NWSL, averages only about 4,400 spectators a game.
The Women’s World Cup final between the US and Japan drew a record US audience for a soccer game carried by a single network, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings released by Fox.
By comparison, the recent National Basteball Association Finals on ABC peaked with 23.25 million viewers for its sixth and final game. After scoring the majority of the goals against Japan during the World Cup, she alone is a good enough reason as to why women deserve to receive equal pay.
Last year, the US men’s national soccer team, which failed in its bid to make it to the finals of the World Cup, was paid $9 million in prize money, according to Reuters.
Lindblade said he saw nearly all of the Cup games, while Pogarch, with practice and other commitments, watched mostly the US contests.
Fans are invited to meet the women who won America’s third Women’s World Cup and its first since 1999.
This divide doesn’t just happen in the United States.
The US could improve its odds as it heads toward the qualifying stages starting with the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which begins today.
“I know 1999 was a huge turning point for women’s soccer”, Lloyd said.
“It shows that women are just as athletic and we can do whatever men can do”, says Sydney. A whopping 43.2 million viewers watched all or part of the game. But this year’s Women’s World Cup players will divide just $15 mil!
Hours after Team USA’s win at the World Cup, these young athletes were still energized. Many are saying the women aren’t treated on the same playing field as a men’s team would be.
“I want to be like them someday”, exclaims team member, Samantha Prario. She scored two goals in the first five minutes of the game and then added a magnificent third goal from midfield.