It’s not about the money…What is the value of the Women’s Premier League?

I am hoping that somebody else had to catch themselves when they heard that the prize money for the Women’s Premier League mid-season final was $80,000.  If there are 11 women on the team the prize money would be $7,272 for each woman. If the squad is say 16 people, the prize money is 80,000/16 which gives each player an average of $5,000. This leaves nothing for the development of the club, or if the development of the club is prioritized each player gets less than $5,000.

The mid-season final was contested by Barbican and GC Foster College.

In 2012 Boys Town Football Club won $250,000 in the Red Stripe Premier League first round final against Harbour Veiw. In the 2013-2014 Premier Legaue  Montego Bay United took home the top prize money of $2.5m. In the 2011/2012 season  of  the Sherwin  Williams Women’s football League. Barbican United took home $400.000 dollars for winning the League.

It is quite common for Women’s sports to suffer from this insult.

Women Sports Foundation, (an American organization) i found online, shared the following information about the Gender Inequity in Professional Sports

 

  • Total prize money for the PGA tour, $256 million, is more than five times that of the LPGA tour, $50 million. Similar discrepancies exist throughout professional sports.

  • For a WNBA player in the 2005 season, the minimum salary was $31,200, the maximum salary was $89,000, and the team salary cap was $673,000. For NBA players in the 2004-2005 season, the minimum salary was $385,277, the maximum salary was $15.355 million, and the team salary cap was $46 million.

  • For finishing in third place in the 2003 Women’s World Cup, each U.S. women’s national soccer team member was awarded $25,000. They would have received $58,000 if they had won the Cup. For reaching the quarterfinal of the World Cup in 2002, the U.S. men’s national soccer team members received $200,000 each.

Interestingly in “2007 Wimbledon announced for the first time, it will provide equal prize purses to male and female athletes. All four Grand Slam events now offer equal prize money to the champions”

 

The Wimbledon Championships will offer women and men equal prize money for the first time at this year’s tournament.

The announcement by the All England Club brings the tournament into line with other Grand Slams following criticism from officials and players.

Wimbledon joins the United States and Australia in paying equal money across the board, from the champions down to the first-round losers in all events.

The French Open offers the same cheque only to the champions.

Roger Federer, the 2006 men’s champion, earned £655,000 while Amelie Mauresmo took home £625,000 for winning the women’s title.

The All England Club had previously defended the difference by saying that women had best-of-three-set matches while the men had best-of-five contests.

On Thursday, Tim Phillips, chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, announced that the championship committee had decided “that the time is right to bring this subject to a logical conclusion and eliminate the difference”.

“We believe our decision to offer equal prize money provides a boost for the game as a whole and recognises the enormous contribution that women players make to the game and to Wimbledon,” said Phillips.

“We hope it will also encourage girls who want a career in sport to choose tennis as their best option. In short, good for tennis, good for women players and good for Wimbledon.”

Phillips stated that the cost to the club would be £600,000 and that the decision taken on Wednesday night was unanimous.

Triple Wimbledon champion Venus Williams expressed her delight at the news, saying: “The greatest tennis tournament in the world has reached an even greater height today.

“I applaud today’s decision by Wimbledon, which recognises the value of women’s tennis.”The 2007 Championships will have even greater meaning and significance to me and my fellow players.”Another former champion Maria Sharapova said: “Wimbledon has always been a leader in so many ways in the world of tennis. This decision will only strengthen the bond between women players and one of the world’s great sporting events.”Three-time men’s Wimbledon champion John McEnroe also backed the decision.”I think when you’ve got men and women playing at the same tournament, it is ludicrous to have a difference in pay,” he told the Daily Telegraph.”It would be setting an example to the rest of society in general to have equal prize money.”There’s probably no other sport, and very few professions in this world, where a woman can earn as much as a man.”Fellow American Billie Jean King, one of the leading campaigners in the move for equality, said: “Women’s tennis is the leader in women’s sports. Equal prize money is a no-brainer.”Peter Fleming, with whom McEnroe won four Wimbledon doubles titles and three US Opens, told BBC Five Live: “The difference last year was so small – it was a symbolic gesture for the last couple of years – but finally the club have realised it’s not worth the effort to maintain it.”Fleming said he hoped that any male players angry at the decision would see the light.”They’ll grow up at some point,” he said.Last year Prime Minister Tony Blair and Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell joined the Lawn Tennis Association, the governing body of British tennis, and the Women’s Tennis Association, the rulers of the women’s game worldwide, in calling for an end to the inequality.Larry Scott, the WTA’s chief executive, praised the decision and urged France to copy Wimbledon.”I’m hoping this really helps convince them that they need to go the whole way,” Scott said.Reigning Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo said: “It’s great that they did it and now the French Open is going to struggle staying back.”Prize money levels for this year’s Wimbledon will be announced in late April.http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/6385295.stm

Where does money go in football?

Recently a major sponsorship deal was announced between Red Stripe and the Jamaica Football Federation for the Premier League.

DESPITE refusing to divulge the financial value of their new five-year sponsorship of the Red Stripe Premier

League, impeccable Sunday Observer sources have revealed the figure to be in the region of $160 million a year, with the total investment over the life of the deal put at some $800 million.

That figure will include sponsorship money paid to the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA), television broadcast done by Phase 3 Production and other entertainment packages, making the sponsorship one of the biggest in local footballing history.

The previous three-year deal was said to be worth $45 million annually, taking that tally to $135 million.

Only last year, Phase 3 production invested in excess of $10 million to acquire a state-of-the-art DYNO Slow Motion machine to enhance the production of their televised Monday Night Football programme.

At Wednesday’s launch of the Premier League, title sponsor Red Stripe announced their five-year deal despite the uncertainty over the future of the league, with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) insisting on scrapping the current format to introduce a franchise system.

Red Stripe has sponsored top-flight football for the previous three seasons for an undisclosed sum, remaining tight-lipped on the financial details each year.

However, Erin Mitchell, the company’s brand manager, did admit to the Sunday Observer on Wednesday, that it’s a bigger investment this time around.

“It’s bigger and it’s a significant portion of our budget. Of course, we are paying for the production of a television show, activation every Monday night and we are also doing stuff at the Sunday matches,” said Mitchell.

She also noted that the goal of Red Stripe is to provide meaningful benefits to the communities through quality football. Plus, there will be online streaming, instant uploads of replays on social media and the RSPL highlight show, a broad-based effort to make the game more interactive and exciting.

Mitchell was also quoted as saying that her organisation’s sponsorship of the league and partnership with the PLCA, will help the 12 participating clubs reinvest money to strengthen their operations, contribute towards marketing and promotion of the league and reward football fans through consumer activations.

Last season, champion Montego Bay United took home the top prize money of $2.5 million with runners-up Waterhouse pocketing $1.5 million for finishing top of the standings at the end of the preliminary stage. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/-800-m-football-deal_17493781

TELECOMMUNICATIONS company LIME yesterday launched the LIME Super Cup, a new competition that is expected to bring new innovation, energy and excitement to schoolboy football in October.

The company has invested over $2 million in prize money into the knockout tournament, dubbed the ‘Champions League’ of schoolboy football.

Carlo Redwood, vice-president of marketing at LIME, while addressing the launch at the Jamaica Pegasus yesterday, stated that the investment is their way of “giving back to the schools”.

All qualifying teams will receive $25,000, and the quarter-final teams will receive $50,000, while the semi-final teams will collect $100,000.

The finalists will get $200,000, with the champions being awarded an extra $625,000 for a combined total of $1 million that will go towards school development programme. The LIME ‘Golden Boot’ will be the only individual award to be presented to the tournament’s top goalscorer.

The competition is scheduled to commence on October 18 and will see the top eight teams from the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions battling for supremacy over four weeks.

The Manning Cup participants will comprise the seven first-round group winners and the best second-placed team, while the eight inter-zone winners of the daCosta Cup will book their places.

Wespow Park in St James, Juici Patties field in Clarendon, National Stadium and Sabina Park in Kingston will all be hosting double-headers on match days.

Redwood told the Jamaica Observer that he believes schoolboy football is too big a competition in Jamaica for it not to have a major knockout tournament which allows urban area schools to go up against their rural counterparts.

“Manning Cup teams think they are better than the rural teams and vice versa. We have to answer that question, so that at the end of it there will be no argument about who are the champions of Jamaica in terms of football,” he said.

He further elaborated that the success of the inaugural LIME Street Football competition was a huge inspiration to this concept in settling the rivalry between rural and urban area schools.

“We always thought that there was that kind of rivalry going on, and street football was really the start of it. It was very successful and therefore we thought why not bring it to what is the biggest organised football competition… schoolboy football.

“We are going to integrate some of the elements from street football to generate the community interest. Because we want these communities to come on board and support this in a big way… wanting their rural teams to beat the Corporate Area teams in quality football, especially from the fields that we have chosen.”

Captain Horace Burrell, president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), gave the competition his full endorsement and commended the telecoms company on the initiative.

“I think the country is in for some great football at this level. I have always said that our youngsters can play, but because of a lack of proper playing surfaces they are always making aerial passes.

“Because of the opportunity now afforded to them to play on a much better playing surface we should see some great football, and I think the coaching staff at the Under-17 and Under-20 levels will be better able to select our national teams from the current group of players,” said Burrell.http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/LIME-launches-Super-Cup_17481088

 

Cedella Marley JFIF , what does Women’s football need?

The JFF has made Cedella Marley the Ambassador for the senior women’s football team ( THE REGGAE GIRLZ). According to news reports,

Cedella Marley – daughter of the legendary reggae star and his wife Rita – has leant her support to the The Strike Hard for the Reggae Girlz! campaign launched last week. Currently ranked as the fourth best team in the Concacaf region, Jamaica have never qualified for a World Cup and are seeking funds to cover the initial costs of training camps, nutrition, travel, and housing for the 26-woman team.

The Jamaica Football Federation has sanctioned the campaign in an attempt to become the first Caribbean nation make it to next year’s finals when they are held in Canada.

“Several years ago, the women’s senior team was actually disbanded due to lack of funding,” read a statement on the GoFundMe website.

“Last year the team got a second chance, and being the first Caribbean team to get to the World Cup Finals would mean more than just a win for the team … it will help to ensure the continuation of the national women’s football programme.”http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/apr/28/jamaica-womens-team-reggae-girlz-cedella-marley

Does Cedella know about the level of disrespect in the highest professional football league for women in Jamaica? Is she able to lend support here as well? Women’s football in Jamaica needs an advocate i would go as far as saying its own organizing body.

Now would be a good time for Lavern Deer of Jamaica International Female Football Development (JIFFD) to intervene.

Lavern Deer, the tireless crusader for Jamaica’s women’s football, wears a broad smile these days having found an ally in the never-ending struggle.

Her new-found sister-in-arms is no lightweight, either. She is one who carries a recognisable name and wields a mighty sword.

With Cedella Marley the new ambassador of the Reggae Girlz, Deer thinks in her lies a secret weapon that is bound to effect changes on the frontlines of the battle for the welfare of the players and the general misperceptions of the women’s game.

“Having Cedella Marley on board is a blessing in disguise. She brings the popularity from her legendary past; with a name recognition as Cedella Marley she can get the attention of funders faster than I can and that’s what will catapult the movement to get our Girlz the support they so desperately need,” said Deer, founder of the trailblazing Jamaica International Female Football Development (JIFFD).

“Having Cedella Marley on board is a blessing in disguise. She brings the popularity from her legendary past; with a name recognition as Cedella Marley she can get the attention of funders faster than I can and that’s what will catapult the movement to get our Girlz the support they so desperately need,” said Deer, founder of the trailblazing Jamaica International Female Football Development (JIFFD).

Reflecting on the enduring struggles of Jamaica’s female football programme and the cancer of lack of support in particular that has stymied its growth, the Florida-based Deer says her organisation remained unflinching in its execution of the fight. And with Cedella, the daughter of late Reggae King Bob Marley, Deer believes the wind of change is indeed blowing the Girlz’ way.

“This past January when JIFFD sponsored the Florida Camp for the U20 team, it was evident that the team was lacking long-term training development so they can compete against the big three Mexico, USA and Canada.

“With adequate funding the senior Reggae Girlz will get the camps, sufficient staff and most importantly, nutrition for proper development. Having an Ambassador will also ensure there is a well-oiled system in place for long-term sustainability of the programme,” said Deer from her Florida home last week.

With her intimate knowledge of the issues affecting the women’s programme and Marley’s profile, Deer thinks the partnership will bond seamlessly. As she puts it, it’s a match made in heaven.

“We will join efforts cohesively. During my years of research, I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge of the issues surrounding the lack of corporate support for the Reggae Girlz and I designed a development programme which will ensure all areas of these issues are addressed.

 

Essentially the $80,000 mid- season final is a reminder that JFF doesn’t really care about the development of Women’s Football. Women’s football is of little value or is disposable.

 

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