Thursday, March 16, 2017

U.S. women's hockey players to boycott world championships over wage dispute

The Chicago Tribune reports:
The U.S. women’s national hockey team is making a stand.

The team announced Wednesday that it will not participate in the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship after saying negotiations with USA Hockey to secure fair wages and support equal to the men's program were unsuccessful. Team USA is the host of the games set to begin March 31 in Plymouth, Mich., and is the reigning world champion.

"We've been asking for equitable support for over a year now," two-time Olympic silver medalist Hilary Knight told the Tribune. "It sort of seemed like the stars were aligning and this is the right time to do it. We have a great group of leadership and great player pool. Obviously, before world championships on home soil, it’s a big deal."

The national team is being represented by the law firm Ballard Spahr, which cited the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act. The firm said the Ted Stevens Act “requires USA Hockey to provide equitable support and encouragement for participation by women where, as is the case with hockey, separate programs for male and female athletes are conducted on a national basis.”
We can solve all this by ending sex segregated sports teams. One hockey teams for men , women, trans, and who ever else progressives invent.