Should U.S. women's soccer be paid same as men?

Posted at 5:06 PM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 20:53:18-04

Last week, five members of the U.S. women's national soccer team filed a wage discrimination action against the U.S. Soccer Federation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

"The filing, citing figures from the USSF's 2015 financial report, says that despite the women's team generating nearly $20 million more revenue last year than the U.S. men's team, the women are paid about a quarter of what the men earn," ESPN reported.

On one hand, the ladies are correct in noting they brought in more revenue than the men did last year -- though part of that is because 2015 was a World Cup year for the women, whereas the men's World Cup tournament took place a year earlier.

Revenue figures from 2014 are tough to come by, but what we do know is the men were a larger ratings draw during their 2014 World Cup run than the women were during their 2015 run that resulted in a championship. Despite only advancing to the Round of 16, ratings for the men's team on English-language TV were 74 percent higher overall, according to SoccerAmerica. 

So, should the ladies be paid the same as the men? ABC15's Craig Fouhy and Jason Snavely had a bit of a disagreement on this one. Check out the above video, and be sure to let us know what you think.