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MONEY MATTERS: WWC ON THE VERGE OF EARNING PROFIT?
Published July 9, 1999
Women's World Cup (WWC) organizers "expect a money surplus" after the event ends with a doubleheader Saturday at the Rose Bowl, according to Gary Mihoces of USA TODAY, who writes that the WWC "runneth over." WWC President & CEO Marla Messing: "As big as I thought this tournament would be, it has been bigger." The WWC has operated on a budget of "about" $30M (USA TODAY, 7/9). USA TODAY's Peter Brewington reports that the U.S. team will "split" $250,000, or $12,500 a player, if it beats China in Saturday's Final (USA TODAY, 7/9). In Miami, Michelle Kaufman, on the prize money: "The U.S. women aren't complaining. They're having too much fun" (MIAMI HERALD, 7/9). Messing was interviewed by CNNfn's Beverly Schuch on "Business Unusual." Messing, on the women's pay from the USSF: "I think these women certainly deserve to be compensated appropriately for what they've done for the sport" (CNNfn, 7/8). NUMBER CRUNCHING: In DC, John Pomfret reports that China's female soccer players are state employees and "make less than" $4,000 a year. Meanwhile, the men's players "make, on average," $60,000 year (WASHINGTON POST, 7/9). In CA, Randy Youngman, on the WWC attendance surpassing 400,000: "For the record, the Montreal Expos haven't reached that plateau after 44 home dates this season" (O.C. REGISTER, 7/8). Messing, on the expected sellout crowd at the Rose Bowl: "We dreamed about selling out the final. ... It's one thing to say it, but doing it is another matter" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 7/8). CNNfn's Chip Chirimbes reported that WWC Finals tickets are being "scalped for between $300 and $500" ("Biz Buzz," CNNfn, 7/8). MORE LEAGUE REAX: In Cleveland, Liz Robbins reports that MLS COO Mark Abbott is "drafting" a business plan for a women's pro league in 2001 with funding from Discovery Channel Founder John Hendricks. U.S. coach Tony DiCicco: "The reality is, we cannot sustain the success of the national team without having some sort of a professional league" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 7/9). U.S. D Brandi Chastain: "We're demanding a league. You can't deny us that because you think there's a lack of interest" (WASHINGTON POST, 7/9). CBS SportsLine's Mark Alesia: "Soon, the overbearing hype for the [WWC] will go away, and so will the notion that this could work in the context of an American soccer league" (CBS SportsLine, 7/8). USA TODAY's Christine Brennan: "Where the women go from here is uncertain; it likely will be a lucrative place. But already they know theirs is a remarkable achievement" (USA TODAY, 7/9).... NOTES: In L.A., Randy Harvey floats Messing as a candidate to replace MLS Commissioner Doug Logan "if [he] is out soon, as has been rumored" (L.A. TIMES, 7/7)....Chastain, on WWC attendance: "It's way beyond the Rose Bowl and Giants Stadium. We haven't reached the Pope status yet, but we're working on it" ("World News Tonight," ABC, 7/8)....China Central Television will broadcast the WWC Final live just before 7:00am (USA TODAY, 7/9)....CBS' Dan Rather said Saturday's U.S.-China WWC Final "has all the atmosphere of a Super Bowl" ("Evening News," CBS, 7/8). ABC's Robin Roberts followed with a 2:30 preview of the WWC Final (ABC, 7/8). NBC "Nightly News" ran a promo touting the U.S. Women's team to be aired tonight (THE DAILY).