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    U.S. Women's Hockey Team Will Not Play in World Championships

    The U.S. women's national hockey team said Wednesday that it will not participate in the IIHF World Championship beginning on March 31 in Plymouth, Michigan, citing more than a year of stalled negotiations with USA Hockey to secure what players consider fair wages and support.
    In the past, USA Hockey has provided the players with $1,000 per month during the six-month Olympic residency period. According to the players, USA Hockey pays virtually nothing during the remainder of the four-year period, despite its expectation that in each of the non-Olympic years, the players train full-time and compete throughout the year.

    "It is a full-time job and to not get paid is a financial burden and stress on players obviously. That is the conversation my husband and I are having right now," said player Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson. "Is playing going to be more stress than we can handle? Sadly it becomes a decision between chasing your dream or giving in to the reality of the financial burden."
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    Unless the men are getting paid substantially more, I don't see how the women have any leverage. Can they make the argument that they're training more than the men and getting paid less? Even then, since it's not a revenue generator, it's a hard case to make.

    Plus, US Hockey is funded by beer leaguers and hockey moms. They going to raise fees on those groups to compensate pay raises?

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    So whats the difference between them and other Olympic Athletes? Im sure all the other sports athletes aren't paid by the US Olympics program either during off seasons, and they have to train as well. Develop a competitive league that generates revenue and you can get paid like NHL players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    Unless the men are getting paid substantially more, I don't see how the women have any leverage. Can they make the argument that they're training more than the men and getting paid less? Even then, since it's not a revenue generator, it's a hard case to make.

    Plus, US Hockey is funded by beer leaguers and hockey moms. They going to raise fees on those groups to compensate pay raises?
    I'm pretty sure they are making as much, if not more than the men.
    The U17, U18, and U20 (WJC) teams don't get paid. Would be a conflict of NCAA rules.

    And the men's team participants all have second jobs


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    Yeah, sucky situation but I would not be happy having my yearly USA Hockey dues raised. I already find it annoying that I have to pay $50 to volunteer coach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
    Yeah, sucky situation but I would not be happy having my yearly USA Hockey dues raised. I already find it annoying that I have to pay $50 to volunteer coach.
    Much appreciated
    You are the core of USA hockey

    I've never taken a dime to coach, and to this day pay my way for flights and hotel.

    The bantam team I'm taking over next season paid out 15k for 2 coaches :/


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    @reporterchris: Hearing it's a four-year deal between the U.S. Women's National Team and USA Hockey.
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    $70,000 a year seems absurdly high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    $70,000 a year seems absurdly high.
    I agree. I don't get why they have to be paid by USA Hockey when they aren't doing anything with USA hockey until they play in these tournaments or the Olympics. No other Olympic athletes are paid a yearly salary buy the US Olympic committee. I also wonder what this does for college players going forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    $70,000 a year seems absurdly high.
    wow, great job if you can get it

    where is that money coming from?

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    Yea this makes no sense to me. I agree with paying them during Olympic years and for the months where they're training for the Worlds but other than that? I mean, yea, the guys get paid because they're in the NHL. The women who play in the NWHL have that and I am sure all of Team USA play in that league anyway. Good for them though. I just hope my USA Hockey players insurance doesn't start increasing in order to compensate for this.

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    Laws of Economics don't really apply to affirmative action deals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    $70,000 a year seems absurdly high.
    70k is absurdly high?

    Woof, I know people who play video games for a living and make 70k a month

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    It's pretty much the equivalent of 100k/year Canadian.

    I don't really give a shit, but to me it's a question of where the money comes from. If it's money US hockey has earned through whatever means then it's a private matter and it's their business. If they want to pay hockey players that are objectively not very good, and never will be very good, that much money to play in one meaningful event every 4 years then have at it.

    If US Hockey gets government (public) funds then fuck this, it's a bad deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by torontonyr View Post
    70k is absurdly high?

    Woof, I know people who play video games for a living and make 70k a month
    Hey torontoNYR what do you say, Rangers vs Leafs - all time highest ticket price ever for a second round matchup??

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    Oh yeah, all the hipster douche bags will be all over that

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    Quote Originally Posted by torontonyr View Post
    70k is absurdly high?

    Woof, I know people who play video games for a living and make 70k a month
    For a part-time job?

    Those gamers are in the top 1% of what they do. The women aren't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    For a part-time job?

    Those gamers are in the top 1% of what they do. The women aren't.
    has nothing to do with skill and everything to do with how much money other people are willing to pay for someone's services

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    For a part-time job?

    Those gamers are in the top 1% of what they do. The women aren't.
    They're not they best at what they do? Then why do they have so many gold and silver medals? Outside of Canada, where are there better female hockey players?

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