Ray Moore, CEO of the Indian Wells tournament, got into trouble with his comments about the women’s game “riding the coattails of the men’s popularity.” He was blunt and he was a little crude; but was he wrong?
Equal Pay for Equal Work
Yes, I am with women on the issue of “equal pay for equal work.” If a woman is piloting a Delta airlines commercial flight, she should get paid the same as a male pilot. If a female CEO is running a successful company, she should make as much as her male counterparts.
But if that concept is valid, female tennis players should get LOWER prize money! They play only two out of three sets (never best of five); they have “special” heat rules to protect them; and they only have a very small handful of “stars,” who command ticket sales and TV viewing audiences.
Djokovic is quoted describing Ray Moore’s comments as being “not politically correct” but that men “should fight for more” of the prize money vs accepting equal prize money for men and women at Co-ed tennis events.
The Other Side
Winder Bill writes, “There is no one answer fits all. If ticket sales and television audience determined the allocation of prize money, doubles (men’s AND women’s AND mixed) would not pay enough for travel expenses. My absolutely favorite tennis to watch these days is Martina Hingis in women’s and mixed doubles – that would go away with a strict market determination of prize money.”
“Social issues have objective and subjective aspects. The early period of title IX had horrendous consequences for some male athletes. For example, when a wrestling team was dropped and a women’s rowing team added, rising senior wrestlers with valid conference and NCAA tournament aspirations lost their opportunity to compete and women who had never sat in a scull and rowed were given scholarships. Fair? Yes, in my opinion, because the price paid was an unfortunate cost of the rise of young women having the opportunity to have a full range of sports to compete in.”
Ray Moore was “politically incorrect” (and lost his job because of the push-back), but was he wrong?
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