The U.S. women’s soccer CBA is, quite literally, a Big Deal. And yet we really know so little about it.
We know which players will be allocated in the NWSL, with the only slight surprise being Jaelene Hinkle’s omission.
We also know, via the NYT’s Andrew Das, that there’s no outright prohibition on artificial turf.
We’ve seen some comparisons between the pay in the old deal and the pay in the new deal. But they’re not apples-to-apples comparisons. Saying players could make $200K-$300K tells us very little. It’s a boost if compared to their old base salaries, sure. It’s less than they made in several years in the past. Just check out the Form 990s posted at U.S. Soccer, which don’t list all player salaries but list the federation’s top-paid employees each year — a handful of administrators, the national team coaches, and a couple of players.
In fiscal year 2012 (ending 3/31/2013), the top-paid players were all female: Alex Morgan ($282,564), Becky Sauerbrunn ($274,871), Christie Rampone ($272,913). The next year, the top-paid player was MNT player DaMarcus Beasley ($187,600). The next year, with a World Cup bonus tossed in for the men, it was Clint Dempsey ($428,002).
I’m still trying to get answers to a few other details. It’s proving to be quite a challenge for reasons I don’t fully understand. Stay tuned.