Here are some observations:
Forbes released the list of the top 10 highest paid female athletes and all of them are women who compete in solo sports. Five are tennis players (Sharapova, S. Williams, V. Williams, Ivanovic, Jankovic), three play golf, one is a race car driver (Danica Patrick), and one is an ice skater.
Earlier this year Forbes released a list of the top 50 world’s top-earning athletes (only one being a woman = Sharapova at #35). In the top 10, you’ve got 2 golfers (Woods, Mickelson), 2 boxers, 2 NBA basketball players (Bryant, James), a soccer player (Beckham), a tennis player (Federer), 2 NFL football players. Of those ten, half are in team sports. Of the next ten, 6 are team sports players (the other four race cars). There are 7 team sports guys in the next ten (again, the other three are race car drivers). In the next ten, 8 are team players and 8 in the final ten. So, of the top 50 earning athletes, 34 play on a team.
In Forbes’ list of the world’s most valuable sports teams, none were women’s (of course).
Here’s a link about pay inequity in athletics.
There’s something I want to say here about the devaluation of women’s team sports across the board and how that is a huge problem but I’m not yet sure exactly how to put it. I’ll ponder this for a while.