Sunday, June 19, 2011
Since the beginning of time, Men have dominated over Women. In sports, it has been a universal phenomena. Football. Basketball. Baseball. EVERYTHING. The notion has plagued me for years: NBA players have an average salary of 4,900,000. WNBA players make an average of 55,000. This wide disparity in salary perfectly illustrates the views of the world today. People pay less attention to women's sports, and discount them as exceptional athletes, because men are bigger, stronger, and faster. This unfortunate prejudice has been passed down from generations, and someway or another we need to break the trend.
It's undeniable that Football, Basketball, and Baseball are owned by men, but in sports such as tennis, soccer, and golf, women could be getting just as much publicity as men. In Tennis, men and women are beginning to grow near equals. The top ten men average $3 million per year, while the top 10 women hover around $2 million per year. Although they are both making significant amounts of money, the men are still making 50 percent more.The FIFA Women's World Cup begins on June 26th. The 2010 Men's World Cup averaged 400 million viewers per match. I expect the ratings generated from this event to be just another indictment on the sexism in the sports world of today. As far as golf goes, the disparity is much wider. On an average Tiger Woods year, the top PGA salary would hover around $10 million. Because of extenuating circumstances last year, the top salary was just above $4 million. On the LPGA, however, the top money winner earned less than $2 million dollars. Why is this? Why are there so many examples of the same thing? The sports are the same. The quality of play is equal. Gender remains the only difference.