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Wimbledon equality

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Football_Bat, Feb 22, 2007.

  1. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Come see the violence inherent in the system!
  2. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    This thread's about basketball? When did Wimbledon become a basketball tournament?

  3. jagtrader

    jagtrader Active Member

    Serena Williams shows up to the Australian Open out of shape and wins the championship because she can play five or six matches that last under an hour. If she did that on the men's circuit, she'd get her ass handed to her in the first round. Equal pay is nonsense.
  4. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    Brilliant. No one is suggesting Serena Williams could win on the men's circuit.
  5. jagtrader

    jagtrader Active Member

    Not the point. The point is you don't have to work nearly as hard to succeed on the men's circuit.
  6. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    Pro Tennis is like the porn industry, the women are the attraction and get paid more but the men work harder
  7. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member

    Actually, the women should be paid more for playing fewer sets. Who has time to sit down and watch an entire, 5-set tennis match these days? There's too much on TV in the way of sports. There's too much life to live and internet to surf. Less is actually more.

    Now if only baseball could figure that out ....
  8. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Totally agree.

    When it is proven that the women can compete equally with the men (as they can in other areas, such as the board rooms of corporations) in athletics, then I am more than happy to pay them as such.
  9. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member


    I didn't know you were paying. Congrats.

    To the men on here who are pissed about this: Equal pay has happened. It's too late -- there's nothing you can do about it. Suck it.
  10. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Yes... we comment on errant decisions that have "happened" all the time around here.

    How about arguing the merits of my post?

  11. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    Wow, there are some seriously insecure men out there if they chose to get in a tizzy because Wimbledon decided to have equal winners purses for the men and women.

    If you feel 'threatened' by Serena Williams or Justin Henin getting the same money -- someone else's money, I might add -- as Andy Roddick or Leyton Hewitt because the women play a more entertaining brand of tennis (though they can't hit the ball quite as fast), well, it's time to check your manhood, kids.
  12. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member

    Here's the reality, Cowbell.

    The women are offering a more desirable product in tennis right now. Part of it is the way they look, sure, but I believe another big part of it is that it's a less burdensome time commitment to watch a women's match. It's a more compact experience.

    Let's face it, tennis is not one of those "visually diverse" sports. You've got a small court and a ball going back and forth. 4 hours of that is a bit much for our attention-deficit world.

    Bottom line: It's more fun to watch a women's match. I'm pretty sure TV ratings reflect that. The free-market has adjusted. If part of that has to do with sex appeal, so be it.

    Capitalism, baby, capitalism. Can't hold it back. It's movin' on without you and your lot.
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