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Equal Pay for Team USA Act unanimously passes Senate Commerce Committee

The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation unanimously passed the Equal Pay for Team USA Act (S. 2333). This marks a major milestone for the movement for equal pay and treatment for athletes under the jurisdiction of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. Continue reading

Equal Pay Shouldn't Have Contingencies

Yesterday, the  U.S. women's national soccer team players settled their class-action lawsuit over equal pay with the U.S. Soccer Federation for a total of $24 million – more than $40 million shy of their initial prayer for relief. The settlement also includes a pledge by the USSF to move towards equal pay. Continue reading

Brian Flores Sues the NFL

The Super Bowl is right around the corner, but now the NFL will have a new cloud hanging over its head -- former Miami Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores' Class Action lawsuit. On the first day of Black History Month, Flores filed suit calling out the systemic racism embedded in the heart of the NFL. Lately, it seems racism and the NFL are more connected than Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. The way the league treated Colin Kaepernick, how the NFL insisted on using a racial slur for a team name for many years, and their use of "race norms" to justify lower payouts following its Traumatic Brain Injury case, is just the tip of the iceberg. The rest, Flores reveals in his suit.  Continue reading

More Evidence that NCAA Undervalues Women

The NCAA has made headlines once again for perpetuating gender inequalities within their sports, especially when it comes to the NCAA Women’s and Men’s Basketball Championships. When analyzed by a law firm, it was found that the NCAA prioritized the Men’s March Madness Tournament, while undervaluing the women’s tournament by tens of millions of dollars. Continue reading

Cleveland Baseball Team Changes Name

Cleveland's baseball team announced that they would change their team name from the Cleveland Indians to the Cleveland Guardians going into effect at the end of the 2021 baseball season. This is a change a year in the making since it was announced back in 2020 the intention to change the team's name in the wake of the George Floyd protests and other major sports teams changing their names, like the Washington Football team. Continue reading

Controversies at the Olympics

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics games begin in less than two weeks, and in the past month, lots of controversies have been spurting up as the event grows closer. With everything going on with these issues making the news, people have questioned whether black women are welcome at the 2021 Olympics. Continue reading

SFC Statement on Equal Pay for Team USA Act

All of us came to Sports Fans Coalition from different backgrounds and with different perspectives and opinions. However, we shared one belief — that America’s sports fans can accomplish amazing things when unified behind a common cause. Over the years, SFC overturned the FCC’s sports blackout rule; successfully championed robust consumer protections for sports betting at the state level; helped to provide name, image, and likeness rights to college athletes; and joined with other stakeholders to enact dozens of laws protecting fans’ right to resell tickets. Today, that unified voice turns to equal pay for women athletes.  Continue reading

SFC's Statement on the Even Playing Field Act

The Even Playing Field Act was introduced in Congress by Representative Jackie Speier (D CA-14), 2019 Most Valuable Policymaker awardee, Representative Lois Frankel (D FL-14), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D CA), and Senator Patty Murray (D WA). The purpose of this bill is to amend the Ted Stevens Olympic And Amateur Sports Act and provide more equity in Olympic sport. Continue reading

Supreme Court Backs College Athletes

On Monday, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the NCAA cannot prevent student-athletes from receiving certain forms of financial aid for their education. Overturning a lower court decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the NCAA violated antitrust laws by limiting how much student-athletes were allowed to receive for expenses related to their education like postgraduate scholarships, paid internships, and tutoring. Continue reading

More Inequities at the NCAA

Since May of 2021, the NCAA has been making headlines for its unfair treatment of women competing in the NCAA March Madness championship, especially their male counterparts. During this time, they received a lot of scrutiny for the vast differences in the gym equipment, the Swag bags, and even the dinners given to the female athletes at the different championships. Continue reading