South Africa beat England to win Rugby World Cup

Cheslin Kolbe of South Africa is lifted by Eben Etzebeth of South Africa as they celebrate victory over England following the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Tries by wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe and the goalkicking of Handre Pollard earned South Africa their third Rugby World Cup title on Saturday as the flyhalf kicked 22 points to secure a 32-12 victory over an error-s


Cheslin Kolbe of South Africa is lifted by Eben Etzebeth of South Africa as they celebrate victory over England following the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.
Tries by wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe and the goalkicking of Handre Pollard earned South Africa their third Rugby World Cup title on Saturday as the flyhalf kicked 22 points to secure a 32-12 victory over an error-s
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South Africa beat England to win Rugby World Cup

Cheslin Kolbe of South Africa is lifted by Eben Etzebeth of South Africa as they celebrate victory over England following the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

Tries by wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe and the goalkicking of Handre Pollard earned South Africa their third Rugby World Cup title on Saturday as the flyhalf kicked 22 points to secure a 32-12 victory over an error-strewn England.

South Africa led 12-6 at halftime through four Pollard penalties with Owen Farrell replying for an England team who had been bossed in the scrum, having lost injured prop Kyle Sinckler after three minutes, and who committed a series of handling errors in a ragged 40-minute display.

South Africa, playing with far more ambition than in their semi-final win over Wales, kept up the pressure in the second half as England struggled to build any sort of momentum and Pollard nudged them 18-12 ahead after an hour.

The Springboks then scored their first try in three World Cup finals when Mapimpi broke clear in the 66th minute, chipped ahead and collected the ball back from Lukhanyo Am, and recalled winger Kolbe then blasted through to put the gloss on a deserved win.


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The CEO of US Concrete spent $120,000 for a stake in a horse that’s favored to win $1 million at the Breeder’s Cup

Sillouetted horses on track in the morning in preparation for the Breeders Cup at Santa Anita Park on October 27, 2019 in Arcadia, California. Bill Sandbrook is the majority owner of thoroughbred Decorated Invader, who is favored at 4-to-1 to win the Juvenile Turf race in the 2019 Breeder’s Cup taking place Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. With a 60% stake in Decorated Invader, Sandbrook could take home roughly $300,000 of the $1 million purse if the horse is victo


Sillouetted horses on track in the morning in preparation for the Breeders Cup at Santa Anita Park on October 27, 2019 in Arcadia, California.
Bill Sandbrook is the majority owner of thoroughbred Decorated Invader, who is favored at 4-to-1 to win the Juvenile Turf race in the 2019 Breeder’s Cup taking place Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
With a 60% stake in Decorated Invader, Sandbrook could take home roughly $300,000 of the $1 million purse if the horse is victo
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The CEO of US Concrete spent $120,000 for a stake in a horse that's favored to win $1 million at the Breeder's Cup

Sillouetted horses on track in the morning in preparation for the Breeders Cup at Santa Anita Park on October 27, 2019 in Arcadia, California.

The CEO of U.S. Concrete wanted the intense competition, and now it’s here.

Bill Sandbrook is the majority owner of thoroughbred Decorated Invader, who is favored at 4-to-1 to win the Juvenile Turf race in the 2019 Breeder’s Cup taking place Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.

With a 60% stake in Decorated Invader, Sandbrook could take home roughly $300,000 of the $1 million purse if the horse is victorious. That prize money isn’t bad considering the executive paid $120,000 to the investment group that owns the thoroughbred horse, giving him majority ownership.

According to Equibase, a company that provides racing information to thoroughbred racetracks, the 2-year-old colt has earned $180,375 in 2019, finishing with two first-place wins in three starts.

“My heart is going to be pounding” when Decorated Invader heads to the gates to start the race, Sandbrook said in an interview. He was named CEO of U.S. Concrete in 2011.

“The adrenaline that you get is similar to an athlete,” Sandbrook said. “Everything is going to happen in the next two minutes, and you’ve got two minutes. It’s not a football game that lasts three and a half hours. It’s not 100 plays in a baseball game. The next two minutes, you know it’s going to make or break your expectations.”


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US women’s soccer pay dispute intensifies, as FIFA approves an expanded World Cup

However, it also confirmed that amount will rise to $440 million for the next men’s World Cup, in Qatar in 2022. Ahead of the Women’s World Cup final in July, Infantino proposed doubling the total prize money to $60 million in 2023. It means that dozens more member associations can organize their women’s soccer programs and funding, knowing they have a realistic chance of qualifying. The United States National Soccer Team Players Association, the labor organization for members of the men’s natio


However, it also confirmed that amount will rise to $440 million for the next men’s World Cup, in Qatar in 2022. Ahead of the Women’s World Cup final in July, Infantino proposed doubling the total prize money to $60 million in 2023. It means that dozens more member associations can organize their women’s soccer programs and funding, knowing they have a realistic chance of qualifying. The United States National Soccer Team Players Association, the labor organization for members of the men’s natio
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US women's soccer pay dispute intensifies, as FIFA approves an expanded World Cup

Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan during the trophy ceremony following the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United State of America (USA) and The Netherlands (Holland) at Groupama Stadium on July 7, 2019 in Decines near Lyon, France.

“The astounding success of this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France made it very clear that this is the time to keep the momentum going and take concrete steps to foster the growth of women’s football,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Wednesday.

Prospective host countries will now be revising their bids, with China, Brazil and even a joint bid expressed between North and South Korea all in the running.

Soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, has unanimously agreed to a proposal to expand the number of teams taking part in the Women’s World Cup from 24 to 32 for the next tournament in 2023.

However, it also confirmed that amount will rise to $440 million for the next men’s World Cup, in Qatar in 2022.

Ahead of the Women’s World Cup final in July, Infantino proposed doubling the total prize money to $60 million in 2023. The figure would still fall way short of the men’s edition in Russia last year, featuring 32 teams and a total prize pot of $400 million.

The expansion will have implications beyond the addition of the eight teams. It means that dozens more member associations can organize their women’s soccer programs and funding, knowing they have a realistic chance of qualifying.

An expanded World Cup on the back of another triumph for the U.S. women’s team earlier this summer could well strengthen its case in the ongoing pay dispute with the United States Soccer Federation.

Earlier this week, a spokesperson for the United States women’s national soccer team accused its governing body of a “ruse,” as it continues to fight for equal pay in line with what the men’s side receives.

Molly Levinson is representing the players in their gender discrimination litigation case against the USSF and disputed claims made by USSF President Carlos Cordeiro on Monday, who claimed that the women’s team had actually been paid more than the men’s team over the last decade.

“U.S. Soccer has, over the past decade, paid our Women’s National Team more than our Men’s National Team in salaries and game bonuses, and we continue to make unprecedented investments in our women’s program,” Cordeiro said in a letter.

He pointed to figures that stated there had been a total of $34.1 million in salary and game bonuses paid to the women between 2010 and 2018, compared with $26.4 million distributed to the men during the same time. He added that was not counting the significant additional value of various benefits that women players receive but men do not.

In a response, the USWNT said the numbers were “utterly false,” which was backed up by the U.S. men’s team on Tuesday, which also accused the U.S. Soccer Federation of refusing to pay national team players a fair share of generated revenue.

The United States National Soccer Team Players Association, the labor organization for members of the men’s national team, showed its dissatisfaction with the details of Cordeiro’s letter.

“This is more of the same from a Federation that is constantly in disputes and litigation and focuses on increasing revenue and profits without any idea how to use that money to grow the sport,” the union said Tuesday.

Cordeiro said each team chose to negotiate a different compensation package with U.S Soccer and there was not favoritism.

The federation said female players chose to have a guaranteed salary; U.S Soccer therefore pays each contracted player a base salary of $100,000 per year, whereas in contrast, the men’s national team has no guaranteed salary and players are paid only for the training camps they attend and the games they play, plus game bonuses.

U.S. Soccer says it also pays its national team contracted players a $67,500 to $72,500 salary for playing in the National Women’s Soccer League, something it says it does not do for men who play in Major League Soccer or any other men’s professional league.

The pay dispute erupted in March, four months before the team went on to retain the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

Each member of the women’s team that won a record-extending fourth World Cup were named as plaintiffs in federal court when their lawsuit was filed, including top scorer and player of the tournament Megan Rapinoe.


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Here’s the 16-year-old who won $3 million at the Fortnite World Cup

Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf celebrates his win as the first solo World Champion at the Fortnite World Cup Finals esports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 28, 2019. A few hours later, the 16-year-old resident of Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, left with a trophy and $3 million to his name as the first Fortnite World Cup champion. The past two years, Fortnite publisher Epic Games has dedicated $100 million each year for an esports prize pool, which included this weekend’s $30 million World Cup. He then qui


Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf celebrates his win as the first solo World Champion at the Fortnite World Cup Finals esports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 28, 2019. A few hours later, the 16-year-old resident of Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, left with a trophy and $3 million to his name as the first Fortnite World Cup champion. The past two years, Fortnite publisher Epic Games has dedicated $100 million each year for an esports prize pool, which included this weekend’s $30 million World Cup. He then qui
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Here's the 16-year-old who won $3 million at the Fortnite World Cup

Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf celebrates his win as the first solo World Champion at the Fortnite World Cup Finals esports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 28, 2019.

“Today’s the day.”

That’s what Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf tweeted as he walked into Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York on Sunday. A few hours later, the 16-year-old resident of Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, left with a trophy and $3 million to his name as the first Fortnite World Cup champion.

That’s more than what tennis champion Novak Djokovic took home from his Wimbledon victory two weeks ago, and more than Tiger Woods’ winnings from this year’s Masters Tournament.

It is also the largest amount a single individual has won from an esports event in history. The past two years, Fortnite publisher Epic Games has dedicated $100 million each year for an esports prize pool, which included this weekend’s $30 million World Cup.

This is against the backdrop of Fortnite’s rapid growth thanks to its battle royale mode. Since Fortnite’s battle royale launch in 2017, the game has grown to 250 million players. Last year, the online video game generated $2.4 billion in revenue, according to SuperData, which made it the top grossing free-to-play game in 2018.

The game’s success has also helped Epic Games reach its current $15 billion valuation. The publisher raised $1.25 billion from a group, aXiomatic Gaming, in October, and Tencent currently has a 40 percent stake in the company.

Kyle, a 10th grader, signed up to play Fortnite’s battle royale mode shortly after its launch, drawn by how the building mechanics in the game especially allow you to “be creative in your own way.” He then quickly involved himself in the game’s competitive scene.

“From the really early stages, I saw the teams and [a lot of the best players’ videos], and it made me want to grind more to get into those videos,” he said. “I joined competitive ladders and worked my way through.”

In March, esports organization Sentinels signed the teen. The LA-based Sentinels, whose CEO is former Paramount Pictures vice chairman Rob Moore, are currently partnered with Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Los Angeles Rams.

The teen had already established connections with the team prior to his signing, and had been spotted thanks to YouTube gameplay highlights he had posted.

And as far as Kyle is concerned, this year’s World Cup was just the tip of the iceberg for competitive Fortnite. At Sunday’s solo finals, Epic Games announced that the Fortnite Championship Series, a new competitive format, would debut with the game’s next in-game season that begins Thursday with millions on the line.


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US teen wins $3 million at video game tournament Fortnite World Cup

Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf celebrates winning Fortnite World Cup at Arthur Ashe Stadium on July 28, 2019 in New York City. American teenager Kyle Giersdorf won $3 million on Sunday in New York after taking the top prize in a tournament for the popular online video game Fortnite. Geirsdorf, 16, from Pennsylvania, was one of at least 100 players competing for $30 million in total prize money, as the booming popularity of video and online games has drawn top-dollar investments and fueled the emerging p


Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf celebrates winning Fortnite World Cup at Arthur Ashe Stadium on July 28, 2019 in New York City. American teenager Kyle Giersdorf won $3 million on Sunday in New York after taking the top prize in a tournament for the popular online video game Fortnite. Geirsdorf, 16, from Pennsylvania, was one of at least 100 players competing for $30 million in total prize money, as the booming popularity of video and online games has drawn top-dollar investments and fueled the emerging p
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US teen wins $3 million at video game tournament Fortnite World Cup

Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf celebrates winning Fortnite World Cup at Arthur Ashe Stadium on July 28, 2019 in New York City.

American teenager Kyle Giersdorf won $3 million on Sunday in New York after taking the top prize in a tournament for the popular online video game Fortnite.

Geirsdorf, 16, from Pennsylvania, was one of at least 100 players competing for $30 million in total prize money, as the booming popularity of video and online games has drawn top-dollar investments and fueled the emerging professional sport.

Global revenues from esports, or professional video game competitions, will hit $1.1 billion in 2019, up 27 percent since last year, thanks to ballooning revenues from advertising, sponsorship and media rights, according to a report released earlier this year.


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Fortnite World Cup finals turned these teen gamers into millionaires

A teen phenom won $3 million at New York City’s Arthur Ashe tennis stadium over the weekend and he didn’t even have to pick up a racket. Those fans watched some of the world’s best gamers, many of them on summer break from high school, compete in the first-ever Fortnite World Cup with $30 million in total prizes on the line. The biggest winner at the event turned out to be Kyle Giersdorf, a 16-year-old from Pennsylvania, who triumphed in a field of 100 finalists to win the whopping $3 million gr


A teen phenom won $3 million at New York City’s Arthur Ashe tennis stadium over the weekend and he didn’t even have to pick up a racket. Those fans watched some of the world’s best gamers, many of them on summer break from high school, compete in the first-ever Fortnite World Cup with $30 million in total prizes on the line. The biggest winner at the event turned out to be Kyle Giersdorf, a 16-year-old from Pennsylvania, who triumphed in a field of 100 finalists to win the whopping $3 million gr
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Fortnite World Cup finals turned these teen gamers into millionaires

A teen phenom won $3 million at New York City’s Arthur Ashe tennis stadium over the weekend and he didn’t even have to pick up a racket.

The stadium will host the world’s best tennis players at the U.S. Open in August, but this past weekend, the site was filled with thousands of fans of Fortnite, Epic Games’ massively popular online multi-player survival game. Those fans watched some of the world’s best gamers, many of them on summer break from high school, compete in the first-ever Fortnite World Cup with $30 million in total prizes on the line.

The biggest winner at the event turned out to be Kyle Giersdorf, a 16-year-old from Pennsylvania, who triumphed in a field of 100 finalists to win the whopping $3 million grand prize and become the first Fortnite World Cup singles champion. (By comparison, the male and female winners of this year’s tennis U.S. Open will each receive $3.85 million.)

“I know that this could pretty much change my life forever,” Giersdorf, who plays Fortnite under the name “Bugha,” told ESPN after winning the competition on Sunday. “It’s just absolutely unreal.”

It was undoubtedly a huge win for the teenager, whose fame appears to be on the rise after reportedly adding more than 100,000 followers to his Twitter account since winning the tournament. But Giersdorf, who is also set to appear on NBC’s “Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, has no plans to let his huge cash prize go to his head. In fact, he told ESPN that he plans to invest his winnings rather than putting it toward any major splurges.

“I’m just going to save the money and invest it and not do anything dumb with it,” he said in a streaming interview with ESPN.


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Gender pay gap for US soccer players is ‘untenable position,’ top sports agent Casey Wasserman says

“It’s an untenable position for U.S. Soccer,” said Casey Wasserman on CNBC’s “Squawk Box ” from Sun Valley, Idaho. At the parade Wednesday celebrating the most recent championship by the women’s team, players led the crowd in chants of “equal pay.” The men’s team has never won a World Cup and failed to qualify for the most recent tournament in 2018. “The fact that we’re talking about it and that they have to win a World Cup to really make it a thing is crazy. World Cup revenue for U.S. Soccer co


“It’s an untenable position for U.S. Soccer,” said Casey Wasserman on CNBC’s “Squawk Box ” from Sun Valley, Idaho. At the parade Wednesday celebrating the most recent championship by the women’s team, players led the crowd in chants of “equal pay.” The men’s team has never won a World Cup and failed to qualify for the most recent tournament in 2018. “The fact that we’re talking about it and that they have to win a World Cup to really make it a thing is crazy. World Cup revenue for U.S. Soccer co
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Gender pay gap for US soccer players is 'untenable position,' top sports agent Casey Wasserman says

The CEO of one of the country’s biggest sports agencies told CNBC on Thursday that the pay gap between the men’s and women’s players for the U.S. national soccer teams is shameful and cannot last.

“It’s an untenable position for U.S. Soccer,” said Casey Wasserman on CNBC’s “Squawk Box ” from Sun Valley, Idaho. “They should be paid absolutely equally as the men, period. I don’t know why it’s taking so long. I don’t even know why it’s a conversation.”

As the U.S. women’s national team completed an undefeated run to its fourth World Cup title, the players continued to speak up about their lack of pay relative to the men’s side.

The team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation in March, alleging gender discrimination. The lawsuit said that if the men’s and women’s teams both played a similar 20-game schedule of nontournament “friendlies,” the women would be paid just 38% of what the men would make.

The lawsuit also alleges the federation paid the men’s team roughly four times more in bonuses for the 2014 World Cup, when the men lost in the Round of 16, than it paid to the women’s team for winning the 2015 World Cup. According to documents obtained by The Guardian, the current labor agreements with U.S. Soccer would pay each member of the women’s team about $260,000 for winning a World Cup, compared with more than $1.1 million for each men’s player.

The team and the federation agreed to mediation in the lawsuit last month, according to The Wall Street Journal.

At the parade Wednesday celebrating the most recent championship by the women’s team, players led the crowd in chants of “equal pay.” The men’s team has never won a World Cup and failed to qualify for the most recent tournament in 2018.

“The fact that we’re talking about it and that they have to win a World Cup to really make it a thing is crazy. This should have been done a long time ago, and shame on U.S. Soccer for not doing more,” Wasserman said.

The Wasserman agency has created a new division called The Collective, which is focused on female athletes and entertainers. The agency represents about 150 female athletes, including Megan Rapinoe, who starred for the U.S. during the World Cup, and several of her teammates.

Wasserman said he believes that the players have a bigger audience than only women and girls, adding that he has had business leaders ask him which players he represents.

“It’s incredible, and I hope the world recognizes how powerful they can be,” Wasserman said.

World Cup revenue for U.S. Soccer comes in part from prize money from FIFA, the organization that runs international soccer. The total prize money available in the women’s tournament was $30 million, well short of the $400 million pot in the last men’s tournament.

The victory in the title game over the Netherlands was the most watched soccer game in the United States since 2015 and topped the 2018 men’s final by 22%. It is not clear how ratings variations affect revenue for U.S. Soccer.

The U.S. Soccer Federation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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After US women’s World Cup victory, the fight for equal pay takes center stage

On Wednesday, New York City held a ticker-tape parade and a ceremony for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) to celebrate the team’s 2019 FIFA World Cup victory. When FIFA president Gianni Infantino walked onto the field to award the players their medals, the crowd instead chanted “Equal pay!” I think he’s with us. I think he’s on the right side of things. I think he’s going to make things right.”


On Wednesday, New York City held a ticker-tape parade and a ceremony for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) to celebrate the team’s 2019 FIFA World Cup victory. When FIFA president Gianni Infantino walked onto the field to award the players their medals, the crowd instead chanted “Equal pay!” I think he’s with us. I think he’s on the right side of things. I think he’s going to make things right.”
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After US women's World Cup victory, the fight for equal pay takes center stage

On Wednesday, New York City held a ticker-tape parade and a ceremony for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) to celebrate the team’s 2019 FIFA World Cup victory.

The event made it clear that after their victory, the USWNT has set their sights on equal pay — and they’ve earned plenty of support in the process.

When the USWNT defeated Netherlands 2-0 in the 2019 FIFA World Cup Final, the sold out crowd of nearly 60,000 people gathered at France’s Parc Olympique Lyonnais burst into cheers. When FIFA president Gianni Infantino walked onto the field to award the players their medals, the crowd instead chanted “Equal pay!”

The same was true on Wednesday when United States Soccer Federation (USSF) President Carlos Cordeiro took the stage of the celebration ceremony for the USWNT at New York City Hall — the crowd chanted “Pay them!” and “Equal pay!” as he took the podium.

“In recent months, you have raised your voices for equality,” said Cordeiro. “Today, on behalf of all of us at U.S. Soccer, I want to say we hear you, we believe in you and we are committed to doing right by you.”

“We believe at U.S. Soccer that all female athletes deserve fair and equitable pay,” he continued, “and together, I believe we can get this done, because as this team has taught us, being the greatest isn’t just about how you play on the field, it’s about what you stand for off the field. It’s about who we are as a sport and a country.”

When USWNT co-captain Megan Rapinoe later addressed the crowd she joked about the cheers, but eventually came to Cordeiro’s defense. “Everybody in power gets booed” said Rapinoe. “But I’m going to stick my neck out a little bit, I’m going to endorse Carlos. I think he’s with us. I think he’s on the right side of things. I think he’s going to make things right.”


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US viewership of the 2019 Women’s World Cup final was 22% higher than the 2018 men’s final

According to a statement from Fox Sports, citing data from Nielsen, approximately 14.3 million U.S. viewers tuned in to the final match on television, compared to 11.4 million for the 2018 Men’s World Cup Final, a 22% U.S. viewership boost. The 2015 Women’s World Cup Final in Canada aired at night in the U.S., while the 2019 Women’s World Cup Final in France aired earlier in the day. The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final also had to compete for viewers with the Men’s Concacaf Gold Cup final and


According to a statement from Fox Sports, citing data from Nielsen, approximately 14.3 million U.S. viewers tuned in to the final match on television, compared to 11.4 million for the 2018 Men’s World Cup Final, a 22% U.S. viewership boost. The 2015 Women’s World Cup Final in Canada aired at night in the U.S., while the 2019 Women’s World Cup Final in France aired earlier in the day. The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final also had to compete for viewers with the Men’s Concacaf Gold Cup final and
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US viewership of the 2019 Women's World Cup final was 22% higher than the 2018 men's final

On Sunday, a crowd of nearly 60,000 people gathered at France’s Parc Olympique Lyonnais to watch as the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) defeated the Netherlands 2-0 in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final.

Back in the U.S., millions more were watching. According to a statement from Fox Sports, citing data from Nielsen, approximately 14.3 million U.S. viewers tuned in to the final match on television, compared to 11.4 million for the 2018 Men’s World Cup Final, a 22% U.S. viewership boost.

Fox Sports’ statement reports that online streaming viewership peaked at roughly 20 million, making it the most-watched soccer match on English-language television, men’s or women’s, in the U.S. since the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup final, which delivered 25.4 million viewers.

According to CNN, an additional 1.6 million viewers watched the final match in Spanish on Telemundo.

The 2015 Women’s World Cup Final in Canada aired at night in the U.S., while the 2019 Women’s World Cup Final in France aired earlier in the day. The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final also had to compete for viewers with the Men’s Concacaf Gold Cup final and the Men’s Copa América final, which both took place on Sunday as well.

USWNT captain Megan Rapinoe called the scheduling of all three matches on the same day “ridiculous and disappointing. ”

Despite these challenges, the 2019 championship game set a record for online streaming for Fox Sports. The match delivered an average minute audience of 289,000 viewers for the network — up 402% from the 2015 Women’s World Cup — making it the most-streamed women’s final in history.

Fox Sports reports that 17.8 million people viewed the 2019 final match on social media, an increase of 18% on Twitter and YouTube, compared to the men’s final in 2018.

According to The Wall Street Journal, U.S. women’s soccer games have generated more revenue for the USSF than U.S. men’s games over the past three years, and according to Nike, the 2019 women’s stadium home jersey is the top-selling soccer jersey, men’s or women’s, ever sold on Nike.com in one season.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-07-10  Authors: abigail hess
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Nike wins big as the US women’s soccer team takes the World Cup

Megan Rapinoe #15 of the United States celebrates scoring during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France quarter-final match between France and the United States at Parc des Princes on June 28, 2019 in Paris, France. With the U.S. women’s national soccer team defeating the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday to take the 2019 Women’s World Cup, Nike is also winning, with jerseys selling out on its website and buzz around its latest ad campaign taking over the internet. Nike said jersey sales have surged 200% c


Megan Rapinoe #15 of the United States celebrates scoring during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France quarter-final match between France and the United States at Parc des Princes on June 28, 2019 in Paris, France. With the U.S. women’s national soccer team defeating the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday to take the 2019 Women’s World Cup, Nike is also winning, with jerseys selling out on its website and buzz around its latest ad campaign taking over the internet. Nike said jersey sales have surged 200% c
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Nike wins big as the US women's soccer team takes the World Cup

Megan Rapinoe #15 of the United States celebrates scoring during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France quarter-final match between France and the United States at Parc des Princes on June 28, 2019 in Paris, France.

By Monday morning, a special version dropped by Nike Sunday evening of the women’s jersey with four stars — with each star representing a World Cup win for the women’s team: once in 1991, 1999, 2015 and this year — had already sold out in many sizes for women, men and kids, a spokeswoman confirmed to CNBC.

The brand sponsored 14 of the two dozen teams playing in the tournament this year, including three that made it to the final four. One of those is team USA. Professional soccer players make up Nike’s second-largest group of sponsored female athletes, behind track and field.

With the U.S. women’s national soccer team defeating the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday to take the 2019 Women’s World Cup, Nike is also winning, with jerseys selling out on its website and buzz around its latest ad campaign taking over the internet.

Nike’s U.S. 2019 Stadium Home jersey for women is already sold out in most sizes, according to its website.

CEO Mark Parker had told analysts last month that the USA women’s home jersey, in the midst of the tournament, had already become the top-selling soccer jersey, for both men and women, ever sold on Nike’s website in one season.

Nike said jersey sales have surged 200% compared with the last tournament held four years ago. It said sales of women’s apparel related to the tournament are up more than 150% compared with 2015.

“To start the tournament nearly two-thirds of the teams wore Nike kits and half the players wore our boots,” Parker told analysts in late June. “The exposure is driving outstanding sell-through in kits, high performance bras and lifestyle extensions.”

Nike could use the boost from the World Cup win, as it’s been trying to sell more to women overall but has faced some backlash for its treatment of its female employees and sponsored athletes.

More recently, it was an op-ed in The New York Times that Olympic athlete Allyson Felix wrote, saying Nike wanted to pay her 70% less for her contract after she had a child. Nike responded shortly after by saying it was putting an end to financial penalties for pregnant athletes. And the uproar seems to not have put a dent in sales, which jumped 4% in the latest quarter to just over $10 billion.

Meanwhile, as sales of Nike’s new World Cup merchandise are skyrocketing — with many items being bought and worn by men — it has provided more fuel for the ongoing debate around the fact that female soccer players are still being paid less than men. But women’s games are now generating more revenue than men’s games.

In 2016, women’s games generated $1.9 million more in sales than men’s games, according to audited financial statements from the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) obtained by The Wall Street Journal. From 2016 to 2018, women’s games generated roughly $50.8 million in revenue, compared with $49.9 million for men’s games, WSJ found.

After the win on Sunday, Nike aired a new ad for the women’s soccer team, hinting at some of these frustrations.

In it, a woman says: “I believe that we will make our voices heard and TV shows will be talking about us every single day and not just once every four years. … And that women will conquer more than just the soccer field, like breaking every single glass ceiling and having their faces carved on Mount Rushmore. … And that we will keep fighting not just to make history, but to change it forever.”

“The Nike brand is about winning, and it’s gender-neutral in this way,” said Erich Joachimsthaler, CEO and founder of branding agency Vivaldi.

“The new ad … when they talk about women and the win [Sunday], they’re not talking about it in some beautified way. Some pink way,” Joachimsthaler said. “They’re talking about it like it’s serious. Like you deserve it. You, women, are the best.”

Nike, which pulls in less than a quarter of its sales from women today, says the momentum from the World Cup gives it a nice boost and sets the stage for its initiatives for the remainder of the year. These include its upcoming launch of geography-specific clothing for women in Asia, based on studies it did around female body types and sizing.

“We can feel the World Cup’s energy and impact throughout our growing women’s business,” said Rosemary St. Clair, the head of Nike’s women’s division. “We’re ecstatic about how this summer has contributed to the acceleration of our women’s offense at Nike.”

Nike shares were up less than 1% Monday morning. The stock has rallied more than 17% this year, bringing Nike’s market cap to roughly $138 billion.


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