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Wimbledon is heavily biased in favour of women now. They play far less tennis for their prize money (three-set games vs five-set games), have fewer rounds to play through, and since they have all this spare time compared with the men, can compete in more doubles competitions = more money.Per game played, men are WAY behind.'Equality' of prize money is not as simple as it's being painted.
812 ChemiRugby League is on Sky Sports several times a week in season so I assume they have made the decision it is worth presenting to the "masses" that like me are subscribers.
The most obvious point is that if prize money was made equal you would end up with quite a few sports having to give more in prize money than the total revenues.I have a feeling that may not be very sustainable.
OK let women compete with the men then they have the right to equal pay.The complaint about equal pay for women in football is particularly absurd - a lower league men team would beat the women's world champions.
The best attended match in the WSL last year was in September when Liverpool ladies beat Bristol, attracting a massive crowd of 2,165.Says it all really.
It should be just market forces. I have no intention to pay a lady, the wages for male footballer. If the girls want the same money, then they will have to pull the crowd. I am not meaning to be disrespectful, but why get a hand out for nothing. If people want to watch Federer, he will get the money, if they prefer Serena, then she will get the cash! It is Sport.
When sportswomen can compete with sportsmen, generally, on equal terms, then they will have earnt their dues, not been gifted them. Men compete, women select.
@794 Phil I'm not sure "Rugby League" and "masses" can really be used in the same sentence...
I am hopeful or a bonus at the end of this year. Should I base this on:a) my performance and that of my firm;b) someone else's performance at a different firm.It's the same with womens sport - you can only take out what goes in. If people don't go and buy the t-shirt and pay Sky a premium to watch, the sport is poorer than others and so should be the participants..
When there is equal enertainment value, equal prize money is merited. Women don't yet provide that and therefore there IS NO equality. Where women can do exactly the same as men, there desrve to be rewarded at the same level. Women's football, rugby and tennis is not as entertaining as the men's game. This can't be denied, you only have to look at attendances.
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Do sportswomen really think they are the same kind of draw as their male counterparts? I really don't think they do. Unless they are completely deluded. It's based on bums on seats, people just don't want to watch women's sport. Take tennis as an example, the women's game is laughably bad, whilst the men are at a ridiculously high level. Equality is going too far.
Gender is irrelevant.Prize money is dependent on how many people want to watch.It's as simple as that.
Anything that you can play comfortably in your normal clothes, or play in your front room, is not a sport, it's a game. Darts, Snooker and Golf don't belong here. Or in the Olympics. And the genders should not even be segregated when playing them, which would make the money question irrelevant.
In sports such as snooker and darts the women's competitions are secondary as the main competition is open to the best players regardless of gender. It's just that there hasn't been a female player good enough to qualify, yet.
In times of great debate and disagreement we should look to the great thinkers of our times for resolution.Homer Simpson - "If the Bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn't, it's that girls should stick to girls' sports, such as hot-oil wrestling, foxy boxing, and such and such...."
I've just submitted my CV to be a glamour model for Vogue. I trust that my being male will not preclude me from;a) Being accepted; orb) Being paid the same rate as female models.
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