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WORLD CUP NOTES: WHAT A CHAMPIONSHIP WILL MEAN FINANCIALLY
Published July 6, 1999
If the U.S. wins the Women's World Cup, each player will receive a bonus of $12,500 from the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF), according to Mechelle Voepel of the K.C. STAR. Each player received $2,500 for making the roster and "during the five-month training camp," they were given stipends "ranging from" $2,100 to $3,150. The WWC organizing committee "has said it will kick in some bonuses" from $1,900 to $7,500, but the "range depends on [the player's] experience" (K.C. STAR, 7/4). LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: Mia Hamm, on a potential women's pro league: "What I do right now competing on this team full-time, I do because of my sponsors. And I would love [to] not have to do all of these commercials. I can just wake up every day and put on my shoes and play for Chicago or play for New York or play for wherever they want me to play" (FSN, 7/5). ESPN.com's Ray Ratto, on a U.S. victory in Saturday's championship: "It probably won't provide the impetus for a successful women's league" (ESPN.com, 7/5). In Richmond, John Markon: "No one's yet suggesting the World Cup has enough legs to spawn any sort of pro women's league" (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, 7/5). ESPN's Bob Ryan: "You cannot assume that because people are coming out for this event that there is a great, long-lasting interest in women's soccer" ("Sports Reporters," ESPN, 7/5). DOLLARS AND SENSE: During "Dollars and Deals," Shaun Robinson of "Access Hollywood" said: "The fans know it, the women of World Cup soccer -- especially the Americans -- may be the hot new jocks of advertising" ("Access Hollywood," 7/4). In Boston, Howard Manly wrote that "the fact that Nike and Adidas have engaged in their tired sneaker battle" during the WWC is "troubling" (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/4). QUITE A BIG PHISH STORY: Trey Anastasio, guitarist/singer of the band Phish, wore a Mia Hamm jersey during the first set of their July 4 concert at Lakewood Amphitheater in Atlanta (THE DAILY).