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Biden backs women's soccer team after lawsuit setback

Sports & General May 02, 2020 06:50PM ET
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(Reuters) - Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Saturday voiced his support for the U.S. women's soccer team, a day after it suffered a setback in its gender discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation.

The team's claims for equal pay were dismissed by a court on Friday, handing a victory to U.S. Soccer.

"Don't give up this fight. This is not over yet," Biden wrote in a tweet to the team.

"Equal pay, now. Or else when I'm president, you can go elsewhere for World Cup funding," Biden added to the federation.

The former vice president is looking to unseat incumbent Republican Donald Trump in November's U.S. presidential election.

The World Cup-winning team's long-running feud with U.S. Soccer has been a very public and bitter battle and the players had been seeking $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act.

On Friday, Judge R. Gary Klausner of the United States District Court for the Central District of California threw out the players' claims that they were under paid in comparison with the men's national team.

The court allowed complaints of unfair medical, travel and training to proceed to trial, which is scheduled to begin June 16.

"The WNT (Women's National Team (NYSE:TISI)) has been paid more on both a cumulative and an average per-game basis than the MNT (Men's National Team) over the class period," the court said in its summary judgment.

U.S. Soccer on Friday said it wanted to work with the team to "chart a positive path forward to grow the game both here at home and around the world."

The players have said they plan to appeal the court's decision.

Billie Jean King, who famously battled for equal pay in tennis, also offered words of encouragement to the team on Saturday.

"This is a setback, but it is not the end of the fight," she wrote on Twitter.

"The pursuit of equality is a marathon not a sprint, and this lawsuit has generated a meaningful conversation about the treatment of women in sports," she said.

"One ruling does not diminish its impact."

Last month U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro resigned over language used in a court filing suggesting women possess less ability than men when it comes to soccer.

The language prompted an on-field protest by players, who wore their warmup jerseys inside out to obscure the U.S. Soccer logo prior to a game, and a critical response from several of the team's commercial sponsors.

Biden backs women's soccer team after lawsuit setback
 

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Kevin Ryan
Kevin Ryan May 03, 2020 9:09AM ET
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Doesnt make him look good here
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun May 03, 2020 12:05AM ET
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Women soccer get higher base salary. However the incentive,bonus per game is much much less. The bonus is based on ticket sales, tv and advertise. Fifa men subsidized fifa women for years until the last world cup when women made profit for the first time. Ironically, the moment they made profit, they want equal pay. U dont bring in much money, they dont pay u more. I am sorry but that how life is.
Buzzy Jefferson
Buzzy Jefferson May 02, 2020 11:03PM ET
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I bet old Sniffy McBiden can't wait to sniff 'em!
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo May 02, 2020 7:39PM ET
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Although I'm for change away from Trump, I'm not sure that Biden's response was correct. To back a group's case by compassion in one part, likely for ulterior motives in another part, while going against a judge's learned decision .. I get a hunch that he made a mistake. -- On the allegations against Biden, they are too graphic to be real, too unsubstantiated to be real and likely a stunt work by Trump. But Biden should NOT make the SAME MISTAKES that Trump is making: 1.) Quick conclusions without the facts, 2.) releasing public blurt-outs without input and consensus from his team, 3.) uncontrolled Twitter-finger/addiction to getting attention from the public, however addictive this may be. BIDEN BETTER WATCH OUT! Being POTUS cannot be used to stroke your ego. Trump fails in this respect already big time.
steven gitt
steven gitt May 02, 2020 7:14PM ET
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this would be like saying that all movie stars should be paid the same salaries, no matter how famous they are and how much they bring to the box office. when women's sports generate as much audience and revenue as men's sports, then they can start demanding same pay.
Mart Bab
Rubberduck1973 May 02, 2020 7:14PM ET
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Read the article again please
steven gitt
steven gitt May 02, 2020 7:09PM ET
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women's sports do not generate the same revenue as men's sports. it is not unequal pay for the same job. they are not working for the same company. not a ll sports players get paid the same salaries. anybody with an iq above that of a pinecone knows this is not sexism. all that this is doing is drawing more attention to a guy who is battling legitimized ****allegations. if he was near any of these women he would be sniffing their hair and kissing them.
Buzzy Jefferson
Buzzy Jefferson May 02, 2020 7:09PM ET
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I agree. I don't watch women's sport simply because they're boring. No other reason.
Kaveh Sun
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That is a farce.
 
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