U.S. Fans Abound For WWC Final Steelers Exploring '23 Super Bowl Bid Tennessee Unveils New Nike Uniforms What I Like With ESPN's Michelle Beadle ESPN Denies Wanting To Dial Down Olbermann Nike's Phil Knight Stepping Down In '16 Canadian Officials Tout World Cup Attendance Capacity At Wimbledon Reduced Due To Heat U.S.-Germany WWC Semifinal Nearing A Sellout All-Star Game Prices Rising On Secondary Market
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).