Sports Payment Study in prize money payment

Sports payment with the biggest
disparity in prize money

sports payment

When sports payment started paying equal prize money from 1973-2004

Timeline of sports paying equal prize money 1973-2004

When it comes to Sports Payment, men get more prize money than women in 30% of sports money payment. Is this disparity correct?

The biggest disparities in sport payment prize money or sport authority payment were found in football, cricket, golf, darts, snooker and squash.

Balance and Fairness in Pay

Men and women in sports take payment need to engage in the battle for gender balance and fairness pay into prize money found 30% of sports reward men more highly than women.

There is a sport payment gap, which argues by women needs to be closed but it's not going to happen overnight.

Yes! We know that some women's sport is very exciting and can draw considerably big audiences but it need more media coverage and more commercial investment.

Where the sports payment investment
would come from?

The battle for gender balance and fairness pay in the 21st century is gradually narrowing as the bottom line and profit and return on investment (ROI) when it comes to prize money in sports.

Prize Money in Sports Payment

A study into prize money in sport payment was conducted by contacting the sport governing bodies of 56 sports of which 51 provided information set out in the below.

The study found 35 sports pay prize money at world level, 25 pay equal prize money, 10 do not. Cycling pays equal prize money in some events but not others. Men and women compete together in horse racing and equestrian.

Fourteen sports payment, including rugby union and hockey, do not pay any prize money at all. Five sports did not provide information for the study.

Athletics, bowls, skating, marathons, shooting, tennis and volleyball have all paid equal prize money since before 2004.

In the past decade, nine more sports have starting doing so with five - diving, sailing, taekwondo, windsurfing and some cycling events - achieving equality in the past couple of years.

Sports with the Biggest Disparity
in Prize Money Payment

We should be encouraged by the number of sports payment which does pay equal prize money adding.

We can see that in 70% of sports payment there is parity and that's great and that's what we want.

Also we want the others moving in that direction too and it will happen when the full potential of women's sport is seen and realised.

For example, we know that women in tennis get paid the same as men for playing 3 sets instead of 5 and at a lower standard. Women's tennis at Wimbledon attracting the same prize money is wrong when they only compete over three sets.

Yes! The girls are great but they play shorter matches and are not as good, so why should they have the same sports payment? Many female tennis players who play tennis agree with this point!

Of course some men will say... this is nonsense except where women compete on equal terms and attract equal crowds.

It could be said that this argument is fundamentally flawed. What is referred to as Male Competition is effectively an Open competition.

Golf for example, there is nothing stopping a female entering any big competition. Are there any sports payments where the rules stipulate that you have to be male to compete with men? Female is like U18, U21 a sub division.

All for women in sport payment but equal prize money should and must be determined by the crowds they attract.

Female footballers are rewarded significantly less than their male counterparts.

For winning this year's World Cup in Brazil, Germany received more than 21Million more than Japan's women did after they were crowned world champions in 2011.

This season's men's FA (Football Association ) Cup winners, a competition watched in more than 120 countries, will secure 1.8m in prize money while the team who lift the Women's Cup will net 5,000 - the same amount as the winning semi-finalists of non-league competition the FA Vase.

The Football Association has said men's and women's football are incomparable, describing them as "polar opposites" in global reach.

The men's game is a huge multi-million pound industry so when you compare it to the women's game, which until three or four years ago was played by amateurs, the gulf is enormous.

According to FA, there is an investment of 12Million in women's football this year but they want to direct that investment where they think it will have the biggest impact and at the moment they do not think that is in prize funds.

It's an unfair world of supply and demand. There is some sports payment that women are more physically suited to than others?

Most people enjoy watching, athletics, cycling, tennis and golf. Can't see why the prize payment money shouldn't be the same in those?

A great deal more could be done to sell the sports that women compete in. Prize payment money is a function of sponsorship and gate money.

If a sport payment, male or female, isn't popular, it won't get the income, so won't be able to pay higher prize money.

And, by the way, it isn't pay, ladies, as in wages or salary; it's prize money. If you don't like the prizes, don't enter the competition.

Another example, look at the Rowing for a simple example in order to get as many spectators and sponsors they have decide to have women and men's university events combined for 2015 to achieve equal billing on the same day.

Why? Because the majority of fans do not watch the Women's sporting events and hence the Sponsorship and TV reflect that in time slots and prizes.

Maria Sharapova Sports Payment
against Novak Djokovic

If people want equality then let them all compete together. You may have total respect for women who already do, such as jockeys.

They deserve equality… but put Maria Sharapova in against Novak Djokovic… Then… you'll hear a lot of bleating about how unfair it is.

Let everyone earn their money payment, and then they will have some genuine grounds for complaint if there is a difference.

Men get more because they are usually better, more entertaining and provide better commercial opportunities for sponsors.

More people pay to attend; more watch on television - quite simply, fairness dictates they should earn more. It's obvious the pay gap is as it is. Think why?

Female tennis players should only be rewarded equal prize money when they start playing the same number of Sets as the Male tennis players.

With regards to the other sports, they are paid on the basis of what the sponsorships and television coverage can raise for those particular female competitors. It is not a question of gender inequality but of the funding available.

The male of the species is quicker and stronger and as most sports payment is built around speed and strength what do you have?

Even sports that are solely built around accuracy it seems women are not quite as good. Old fashioned knuckle dragger or stating a fact? Equal pay for not quite as good, really?

It is easy - if women compete on an equal basis, they should get equal pay. So as soon as women play in Men's Soccer, Cricket, Golf, and Athletics and are therefore part of the higher sponsorship income then they should be paid accordingly.

Why is male rugby players paid less than football players? - Because sponsorship is less and less people watch the game.

How about Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal or
Roger Federer Sports Earnings Payment?

Anyone who thinks that pay equality in sports payment is fair and reasonable should have watched Britain's Andy Murray and Spaniard Tommy Robredo thrash it out last Sunday Valencia Open, over three massive punishing sets...and it wasn't even a major.

Rafael Nadal's tennis game is a test of endurance, as is Novak's. Roger Federer's is more a test of skill and finesse.

When females can compete in the same leagues and/or attract the same crowds and sponsorships, then there shall be no debate.

Should we make ticket prices equal first and see who still pays? There can never be true equality in sport payment because we are not equal.

Payment prize money should relate to the standard of play e.g. Premier League players get more that Championship. Never understood why women tennis at Wimbledon for laying fewer games at a lower standard receives the same prize money!

Unfortunately most women's sports payment just isn't as good to watch as the men. Fewer viewers' means less sponsorship means less prize money. The simple truth is that people - women included, prefer to watch men's sports.

To avoid sexism just have open competitions, and let the best people win the money payment. If there are special competitions for women only why should they expect to win as much as an open competition?

Unfortunately it's down to evolution and/or genetics for the most part - men are just better at most sports payment, hence the attractiveness to the audience, because the standards are higher.

To use football, rugby and cricket as examples is laughable. Most of the money in these sports payment is reflected on TV and sponsorship revenue. To add supporter numbers into the mix as well. This is why in these cases there are such vast differences.

Paid Sport Pay View

Below is a study of paid sport pay view or sports payment prize money in which the governing bodies of 56 sports of which 51 provided information set out in the table below.

Sport (A-Z) Competition/ Event Men Prize money Women Prize money Year equal prize money paid

Alpine skiing

World Cup race (WC)

24,000

24,000

Archery

WC - Stage win

1,300

1,300

2006

WC - Final

13,000

13,000

2006

Athletics

Diamond League (Oslo 2014)

6,300

6,300

World Championships (WChamps)

38,000

38,000

1995

Indoor WChamps

25,000

25,000

1995

IPC WChamps

None

None

IPC Grand Final

1,800

1,800

Badminton

WChamps

None

None

World Superseries Finals

50,000

50,000

2008

Para-badminton WChamps

None

None

Basketball

World Cup/ WChamps

None

None

Boccia

WChamps

None

None

Bowls

Superbowl

6,000

6,000

W Indoor Champs - Singles

55,000

55,000

1988

W Indoor Pairs

5,000

5,000

1988

W Indoor - Mixed Pairs

5,000

5,000

World Ladies Matchplay

N/A

5,000

Boxing

AIBA WChamps

None

None

Canoeing

Slalom WC series overall winner

2,700

2,700

Slalom WChamps

None

None

Sprint WC series overall winner

4,000

4,000

Cliff Diving

World Series

12,700

3,100

Climbing

WC stage

2,500

2,500

2007

WChamps

2,500

2,500

2007

Paraclimbing - WChamps

600

600

Cricket

World Twenty20

690,000

44,000

WC

2.5m

47,000

Cross-country skiing

WC - Individual event

9,800

9,800

WC Final

22,000

22,000

WC Overall

16,600

16,600

Tour de Ski

59,000

59,000

IPC WChamps

None

None

Curling

WChamps

None

None

Cycling

BMX - WChamps - Time Trial

530

530

2013

BMX - WChamps - Final

3,200

3,200

2013

BMX - Supercross WC - Overall

4,800

3,200

BMX Supercross WC

4,800

3,200

Road - WChamps - Individual road race

6,000

6,000

2013

Road - WChamps - Time Trial

3,000

3,000

2013

WChamps - Team Time Trial

26,500

8,500

World Tour - one day races

4,600

300

Road - World Tour - one stage race

2,400

220

Road - Tour de France - overall win

360,000

N/A

Road - Tour de France - final stage win / La Course

6,400

4,800

Road - Tour of Britain / Women's Tour

2,900

1,200

Para-cycling road - WChamps

None

None

Track - WChamps

2,500

2,500

2013

Track - WC

500

500

Para-cycling track - WChamps

None

None

Cyclo-cross - WChamps

2,900

2,900

2013

Cyclo-cross - WC

24,000

9,500

Trials WChamps

1,300

1,300

2013

Darts

PDC WChamps

250,000

N/A

BDO WChamps

100,000

12,000

Diving

World Series - Individual

18,800

18,800

World Series stage

3,100

3,100

WChamps

9,400

9,400

(High) - WChamps

6,300

6,300

2013

Equestrian

Combined events:

FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final

50,000

FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final

187,000

World Para-Equestrian Games - Team Dressage

510

Extreme

Marathon des Sables

4,000

4,000

Fencing

WChamps - Individual in each discipline

18,800

18,800

WChamps - team in each discipline

6,200

6,200

Wheelchair Fencing WChamps

None

None

Figure skating

WChamps - Individuals

36,000

36,000

1995

WChamps - Ice dancing

54,000

54,000

1995

WChamps- Pairs

54,000

54,000

1995

Football

WC

22m

630,000

Champions League

8.3m

199,000

FA Cup

1.8m

5,000

Premier League/ FA WSL

24m

None

Para event - 5-a-side

None

N/A

7-a-side - Para event - WChamps

None

N/A

Freestyle skiing

Moguls - WC

5,600

5,600

Aerials - WC

5,600

5,600

Ski cross - WC

5,600

5,600

Halfpipe - WC

5,600

5,600

Slopestyle - WC

5,600

5,600

Goalball

Para event - WChamps

None

None

Golf

The Open

975,000

298,000

The US Open

1m

452,000

PGA Championship/ PGA Women's Champs

1.1m

212,000

Ryder Cup / Solheim Cup

None

None

Lalla Meryem Cup*/ Trophée Hassan II 2014 Note 9

199,000

54,000

Gymnastics

Artistic - WChamps (Individual all-around title)

3,300

3,300

Rhythmic - WC (Individuals all-around and apparatus)

N/A

988

Rhythmic - WC (Groups all-around)

N/A

1,600

Trampoline - WC 2014 (Individual/synchro)

988

988

Handball

WChamps

63,000

63,000

Hockey (field)

WC/ WChamps/ Wheelchair Hockey

None

None

Horse racing

Jockey - Grand National

31,818

31,818

Jockey - Derby

34,004

34,004

Ice hockey

WChamps

None

None

Ice Sledge Hockey

IPC Ice Sledge Hockey WChamps

None

None

Ironman Marathon

WChamps

75,000

75,000

Lacrosse

WChamps

None

None

Marathon

London

35,000

35,000

London - wheelchair

9,400

9,400

Dubai

126,000

126,000

2002

New York

63,000

63,000

1984

New York (Wheelchair)

9,400

9,400

2001

Boston

94,000

94,000

1986

Boston (Wheelchair)

9,400

9,400

1986

Modern pentathlon

WChamps

None

None

WC - overall winner

3,800

3,800

Mountain bike

WChamps - Cross-country Olympic and Downhill

1,900

1,900

2013

WC - Cross-country Olympic and Downhill (per event)

2,200

2,200

2013

WC - Cross-country Olympic & Downhill (overall winner)

4,100

4,100

2013

Netball

WC (World Champs equivalent)

N/A

None

Nordic combined (Skiing)

WC

5,300

None

Open water swimming

WC

9,400

9,400

Powerlifting

WC

None

None

IPC Powerlifting

None

None

Rowing

WChamps/ World Series/ Para-Rowing

None

None

Boat Race

None

None

Henley Royal Regatta/ Women's Regatta

None

None

Rugby Sevens

WC/ World Series

None

None

Rugby union

WC

None

None

Wheelchair rugby - WChamps

None

None

Sailing

ISAF Sailing WC Grand Final

6,300

6,300

2014

Para-sailing -IFDS Disabled Sailing WChamps

None

None

Shooting

WChamps

None

None

WC Finals

791

791

1988

IPC Shooting - WChamps

None

None

Short track speed skating

WChamps

3,800

3,800

1995

WC

3,100

3,100

1995

Ski jumping

WC

6,600

2,000

Snooker

WChamps

300,000

1,500

Snowboard

Halfpipe - WC

7,400

7,400

Snowboard giant slalom

7,400

7,400

Snowboard cross - WC

7,400

7,400

Slopestyle - WC

7,400

7,400

IPC Para snowboard WC

None

None

Speed skating

All-round Sprint Champs

12,500

12,500

1995

Grand WC Winner

9,400

9,400

1995

Squash

WChamps

28,600

12,300

Surfing

ASP WChamp Tour

62,700

37,600

Swimming

WC series - stage win

940

940

WC series - overall winner

63,000

63,000

WChamps (25m course)

4,400

4,400

WChamps

9,400

9,400

IPC WChamps

None

None

Synchronised Swimming

WChamps (Solo and duet)

N/A

9,400

WChamps (team)

N/A

18,800

Table tennis

World Tour Grand Finals (singles)

63,000

63,000

World Tour Grand Finals (doubles)

25,000

25,000

WChamps

None

None

Para Table tennis - WChamps

None

None

Taekwondo

WTF Taekwondo WChamps

None

None

Taekwondo WC Champs

None

None

WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 1&2

3,100

3,100

2014

Tennis

Australian Open

1.45m

1.45m

2001

French Open

1.3m

1.3m

2006

Wimbledon

1.76m

1.76m

2007

US Open

1.9m

1.9m

1973

Wheelchair tennis - Australian Open

N/A

N/A

Wheelchair tennis - French Open

17,500

17,500

Wheelchair tennis - Wimbledon

12,000

12,000

Wheelchair tennis - US Open

6,800

6,800

Triathlon

World Triathlon Series Grand Final

18,800

18,800

2009

World Triathlon Series Mixed team relay

11,000

Paratriathlon - WChamps

None

None

Volleyball

Beach - World Tour

21,000

21,000

1992

Beach - WChamps

37,600

37,600

Indoor - WChamps

125,000

N/A

Water Polo

WChamps

37,600

37,600

Weightlifting

WChamps

None

None

Windsurfing (RS:X)

ISAF Sailing WC Qingdao

11,300

11,300

ISAF Sailing WC Grand Final

6,200

6,200

2014



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