Monday, April 29, 2013

How much do female sports stars really earn?

Anyone wondering about the financial gap between women and men in sport need just take a look at this year's Sports Rich List and ... weep.

This is the Top Twelve - you'll notice there are two women on the page. But unfortunately both are girl-friends of very successful men. 

So I turned the page and turned and turned the page, right down to Number 100  and no women. It's heartbreaking. 

After all the hype of the Olympics, after all the progress made in the last few years, the harsh reality it that women simply don't earn anywhere near the sums their male counterparts make.

As you can see from the cover, the editors tried to balance things out and find women who are earning significant amounts from their sport but the numbers speak for themselves. 

Olympian Jessica Ennis has sponsorship deals with Adidias, Pruhealth, Olay and others including Sky Sports. Commentators predict she could earn £3m which leaves her trailing the lowest amount in the main lists of £91m. 

Tennis is the one sport where there is something approaching parity. The top male player Roger Federer earned $76,779,184 while top woman Serena Williams took home $43,304,272. 

What can we do about this? Does it mean male sports starts are obscenely overpaid or that women are significantlly underpaid?

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