Mike Lester for July 11, 2019


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    mr_sherman Premium Member about 1 month ago

    What percentage do coaches and "managers’ get?

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    RAGs  about 1 month ago

    Hey Mikey, did you ever congratulate the women’s team for winning?

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    Dulos  about 1 month ago

    I can’t wait to hear the replies on this one…

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    VadimUzdensky1  about 1 month ago

    The US Men´s team didn´t even play! They generated zero revenue, but still got paid.

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    Walter Kocker Premium Member about 1 month ago

    Dunno ‘bout anybody else, but I’d LOVE to see a friendly between the US Woman’s Team and the US Men’s Team.

    Oops! That reminds me to get my mantle clock cleaned . . .

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    EdMeiller Premium Member about 1 month ago

    Mr. Lester can sympathize with the men. He hasn’t has a winning cartoon in ages.

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    Patjade Premium Member about 1 month ago

    How did the US men get paid if they didn’t play? Oh, I see. Mike used the world estimates to get his bias against the US Women’s team. I’d call it another sloppy, lazy cartoon from him, but he had to work to get the proper obfuscation of his figures.

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    A# 466  about 1 month ago

    Seems to me that this cartoon is an ironic take on the distinction between proportion and percentage in support of the women’s team. 100% of nothing is nothing, so the carping comments confound me.

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    Pickled Pete  about 1 month ago

    Maybe before arguing, understand the circumstances..

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    Dave Ferro  about 1 month ago

    Let the free market decide. Great cartoon, Mike!

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    brit-ed  about 1 month ago

    In the US, the women’s team is more successful and brings in more revenue so should be paid more. This is not about the rest of the world. When I was growing up in the UK, girls were not allowed to play football competitively. It was netball or nothing.

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    Durak Premium Member about 1 month ago

    So, what M’Lester is saying is that the US mens team, who didn’t even play, got 9% of $4 billion, while the US women, who not only DID play, but also WON got 13% of $73 million.

    And he presents this as evidence of fairness and equality due to the so called “Free Market”?

    And, just in case you haven’t worked it out yourself yet:

    $4,000,000,000 × .09 = $360,000,000


    $73,000,000 × .13 = $9,490,000

    And that’s then divided up among the team, coaches and so on, right?

    OK Mikey!

    So what you are saying then is that ALL the women, ALL over the world are being cheated, not just the US Team? Ok, I get that, you are right. And you blame that on the Free Market? Sorry, dude, I think it’s evidence of a world wide problem, not just an American problem.

    And, it seems, that YOU are part of the problem, for allowing it to happen, for making excuses for it to happen, and for trying to explain it away as something “normal”.

    Mr. Lester, women, being paid less than men, for doing the same thing, is NOT normal. Your “Free Market Capitalism” is clearly not working.

    Or rather, it works for YOU, so what do you care?

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    ShelbyRinck  about 1 month ago

    If they want equal pay it’s really very simple; just become a star player on the men’s team and you will get the big bucks.

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    Judge Magney  about 1 month ago

    By this brilliant display of economic analysis, Mr Lester is explaining why police departments should pay meter maids more than members of the SWAT team. They generate more revenue too.

    The purpose of the team has more important elements than making money.

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    JohnCzep  about 1 month ago

    Allowing women to play on the major teams would be interesting they move faster and have proven they can endure just as much as the men, co-ed major teams would add a lot of flare to Soccer as well as resolve the pay dispute.

    As for les’s “free market” jibe well theres No Free in price fixed aka rigged markets!

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    OldCoal  about 1 month ago

    Ahem, going right to the Federalist nonsense rag for your arguements today, eh? So people get paid by GLOBAL revenues from other teams now? I’m sure that would be news to the US teams.

    The RELEVANT FACTS would be the revenue earned by the US teams, which is available for disbursement by the US TEAMS.

    And the women’s team outearned the men’s team. For the last four years, according to the Wall Street Journal. I guess that means you’re cancelling your subscription?

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    nance19oped Premium Member about 1 month ago

    Lester, NYT and Forbes conveniently limit the revenues information to the World Cup. There are many more games played by the U.S. teams and the women’s revenues are greater overall.

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    Librarylady  about 1 month ago

    As in the regular business world, women get paid less doing the same work. Generally speaking, men are afraid that soon the insult will be “you throw like a boy.”

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    H P Hundt Premium Member about 1 month ago

    Benjamin Disraeli had it right: there are lies, damn lies and statistics.

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    Radish Premium Member about 1 month ago

    Sebastian Gorka:

    ‘U.S. Women’s Soccer team wants to destroy our Judeo-Christian civilization’

    Sky Palma

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    Wlly Blly  about 1 month ago

    Gotta go with Mike on this one. I don’t know how to make the women’s team generate more revenue which is the only thing that could bring their pay up to equity with the men’s team. There are just not enough people willing to pay to see women play. Reality bites.

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    Concretionist  about 1 month ago

    I think the only thing this proves is that Lester isn’t good at math and shouldn’t attempt it… and that he’s not good at logic, and should probably get help. Dude: The US women’s team gets paid by the US Soccer Federation. Which does in fact get some of its money from FIFA. They are distinct organizations which you have blatantly attempted to confuse your readers about. Shame.

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    XtopherSD  about 1 month ago

    Mikey is being disingenuous. These number are for the world. I don’t care what the rest of the world is doing. By many accounts the US women’s team is on par for revenue generated. Pay US women what the US men get paid.

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