Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. Women's Soccer Team Have Their 'Equal Pay' Case Dismissed

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Megan Rapinoe and the USNWT have faded into obscurity over the last year, but a big ruling has them back in the spotlight, at least temporarily.

Their “equal pay” suit that they filed, claiming they should be paid the same as the men’s national team, has been dismissed. That’s largely because they had no case to begin with.

Here’s CBS reporting with their typical biased flare.

The U.S. women’s national soccer team has been fighting for months to receive the same rate of pay as their male counterparts. On Friday, a judge dismissed the claim for equal pay, but said that other allegations of discrimination can proceed to trial.

The judge pointed out in his decision that the USWNT had rejected a deal that would have given them the same pay structure as the men.

U.S. District Judge R Gary Klausner said he would not allow the equal pay allegations to go forward because the women’s national team previously “rejected an offer to be paid under the same pay-to-play structure” as the men’s national team. According to CBS Sports, the women’s team sought $66 million under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“The WNT was willing to forgo higher bonuses for benefits, such as greater base compensation and the guarantee of a higher number of contracted players,” he wrote in the 32-page decision. “Accordingly, plaintiffs cannot now retroactively deem their CBA (collective bargaining agreement) worse than the MNT (men’s national team) CBA by reference to what they would have made had they been paid under the MNT’s pay-to-play terms structure when they themselves rejected such a structure.”

Further, the defendants showed that the women’s team had actually made more on a per-game basis than the men during the time period they were citing.

That’s something people have been saying from the beginning. Putting aside all the issues of lower ticket sales for women’s games and less money coming in via FIFA profit-sharing, the women still were making more than the men per game. Perhaps they should file suit?

This entire thing was always a stunt, and like all good stunts, those perpetuating them don’t know when to stop. Instead, you get this in response.

What equality is she lacking?

To recap, they rejected an equal deal early on, filed suit when they didn’t get certain bonuses, and then had their case dismissed when it was shown they still actually made more than the men. Yet, they are going to continue playing the victim anyway.

And the media will continue to push their narrative. Here was CBS’ supposed rebuttal to the claim in the court documents that the men’s game requires more time and skill.

U.S. Soccer argued in court documents that the U.S. women’s team had less responsibility than the men’s, and that men’s soccer requires more skill. The women’s team has won four FIFA World Cups and four Olympic medals. The men’s team has not won either, according to the national soccer team’s site.

That’s such a juvenile argument. Some college teams have won the National Championship while some NFL teams haven’t won a Super Bowl. So what? That doesn’t mean the NFL game isn’t more demanding and requiring of more skill?

But everything must be woke these days, including arguments about equal pay in sports that make absolutely no sense.