Nov 10, 2019

Judge: U.S. women's soccer team subject to discriminatory working conditions

The U.S. women’s soccer team celebrates winning the 2019 Women's World Cup in July. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. women's national team hailed a judge's ruling that they're paid less per game than the men's side as he granted them class status in their gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer, the Wall Street Journal reports.

It’s almost a validation of everything that we’re seeing. I think it’s a really positive step forward in this fight."
— U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe to the WSJ

Why it matters: Per the New York Daily News, U.S. District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner's ruling in Los Angeles on Friday "expands the case beyond the 28 players who originally brought the lawsuit to include all players who had been called up to camp or played in a game over a multiyear period."

  • While there's still a long way to go in the case, Klausner's remarks that the women’s side "has been paid less on a per-game basis than the U.S. men’s soccer team and suffered from inferior working conditions" offers some insight into the judge's considerations, WSJ notes.

The other side: The U.S. Soccer Federation has maintained that it's paid the World Cup champion women’s team more than the men’s national team in recent years.

Go deeper: Podcast: The equal pay fight for USWNT

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Private equity giant Silver Lake agreed to invest $500 million for just over a 10% stake in City Football Group, owner of reigning English Premier League champs Manchester City and other soccer clubs, from Abu Dhabi United Group.

Why it matters: It makes CFG, now valued at $4.8 billion, the world's most valuable soccer group.

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Sounders cement place as MLS giants

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On Sunday, the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC met in the MLS Cup for the third time in four years. After splitting the first two meetings, Seattle emerged victorious, winning 3-1 in front of a record-setting home crowd of 69,274.

  • Why it matters: The victory makes Seattle the sixth team in MLS history with multiple league titles, joining LA Galaxy (5), D.C. United (4), Houston Dynamo (2), San Jose Earthquakes (2) and Sporting KC (2).
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NFL players weigh health against career threats

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The recent medical struggles of three NFL players highlight the delicate balance of athletes' health and their careers.

Driving the news: In October, former New York Jets guard Kelechi Osemele filed an injury grievance against his team for an outstanding shoulder issue. After he refused to practice and underwent unauthorized surgery to address the issue, going against the team's opinion, the Jets released Osemele. He was stuck with fines of up to $579,000 each week, ESPN reports.

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