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House of Representatives Passes Equal Pay for Team USA Act

The last week and a half has been a flurry of activity around the Equal Pay for Team USA Act (S. 2333). After the bill unanimously passed the Senate, Sports Fans Coalition and other equal pay advocates turned their attention to the House of Representatives, calling to pass the bill and send it to the President. Tonight, the House of Representatives did just that 350-59. "Sports Fans Coalition thanks Senators Cantwell, Capito, and their staffs for their tireless devotion to equal pay," said Brian Hess, Executive Director, "Our future Olympic champions will look back on this day as one of the most important in women's sports history." Continue reading

Equal Pay for Team USA passes the Senate

The Senate passed the Equal Pay for Team USA Act by unanimous consent. Unanimous consent is an agreement in the Senate that sets aside a rule of procedure to expedite proceedings. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives.  Continue reading

“The Great War” with Ticketmaster

… Ready for it? Sports fans know All Too Well the miserable ticketing process that Ticketmaster puts us through whenever we want to buy tickets to a game. They jack up prices with fees, restrict our right to transfer our tickets and make the general buying process frustrating. Sports Fans Coalition has spent the last several years educating lawmakers and the public about this, and last week our efforts reached a boiling point. Call It What You Want; bad luck, Karma, or unchecked monopoly power run amok, Ticketmaster is no longer Untouchable. Continue reading

Did you sell a ticket this year? The tax man cometh

Usually, if you give a ticket to a friend and they reimburse you on Venmo, PayPal, CashApp, or another platform, that’s the end of the transaction. However, if those tickets were really good, and exceeded the IRS’s new reporting threshold of $600 for online sales, expect to receive a Form 1099-K, and expect to report that transaction on your taxes. Continue reading

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