This is a ridiculous subject, but apparently it needs to be addressed. Women are getting paid less in sports, but there’s a reason for that: they don’t draw in as many fans. It’s true that in soccer, our women are better than our men, but the men get paid more because they draw in more fans. Here is a parallel argument that shows how ridiculous it is: American soccer players should be paid as much as football players. Right. Soccer just doesn’t draw as many fans as football does, but once it does, then the salaries will go up. What the women players should be doing is the hard work of figuring out why so few women have become fans, especially given that they have on occasion drawn huge crowds. They just can’t manage to do it for regular-season play. Once they figure out how to get huge crowds into stadiums on a regular basis, then they will have a much stronger case for getting equal pay. I for one hope they succeed, but it’s going to take something more than simply making demands.