Busting Unequal Pay Myth: Sports Edition
Today I saw this infographic on the internet, along with many comments from women habitually citing the “Unequal Pay Myth”:
However, the explanation is brutally simple: athlete compensation is directly correlated with viewership + ticket sales + other relevant factors.. If women want WNBA players to get paid = NBA players, women must support/engage with WNBA = men support/engage with NBA
Really, women can only blame themselves for not supporting women’s sports to the same extent men support men’s sports 🤷♂️ Let’s look at the numbers:
2020 NBA Grand Final: Lakers V Heat: 8.9M average viewers
2020 WNBA Grand Final: Storm V Aces: 570K average viewers
Why didnt all women advocating equal pay watch/support the WNBA game? I can tell you if WNBA matches had 50M average viewers, Sue Bird would be getting paid more than James Lebron!
Unequal Pay Myth: busted .. Pay is correlated with viewership/engagement/support, not arbitrary unfairness