OPINION: Tennis has earned as the gold standard – with equal prize money at Grand Slams – and Americans' success this summer will further the cause. Nonetheless, genuine gender capital can only be achieved when women's sport generates as much income as men's sport.
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The ESPYs this week showed how far they have come since ESPN was first organized in March 1993.
The ESPN ultimately moved them to the summer to fill the gap of first-class programming on Wednesday after the MLB All-Star Game, which is the clearest night of the year in the sport of North America.
The fact that Disney is so apt to simulate the ESPYs across the ABC network is a three-hour testament that has become the Academy Awards for Sports – more inspirational and edgy, and often more politically and culturally compelling.
It has also been a memorable week for titans of tennis, where 37-year-old Serena Williams reached her 32nd. Grand Slam singles final and 11th Wimbledon final. Williams is up against 2018 French open champion Simona Halep from Romania in his bid to win his eighth Wimbledon single title and all-time record-binding 24. Grand Slam singles crown overall (she already owns Open-era record).
If Williams – who has a career prize of almost US $ 90M – beats Halep Saturday, it will also mark its first big title since the birth of her daughter Alexis in September 2017.
The other titans of tennis's finalists Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer – have put on another show for the sports world. The men's last Sunday between top-seeded Djokovic and second-seeded Federer are bound to entertain, with 35 Grand Slam singles titles between the two (15 for Djokovic and 20 for Federer).
No matter who wins, it will mark the 11th consecutive Grand Slam won by one of the big three (Rafael Nadal the third player and the 50th. win in the 58 Grand Slam Finals since 2005 French Open. In other words, 86 percent of the last 14 years of majors have been won by this remarkable triumvirate.
But no one has had a more bullish week than especially the American women's national football team and women's sport in general.
The polarizing Americans were all business throughout the 2019 FIFA Women & # 39; s World Cup, where they won their second straight and fourth overall, giving women's sport another great moment. Never before has the issue of gender-based equity in sports been more discussed than it was last week.
Tennis has earned as the gold standard – with equal prize money at Grand Slams – and the Americans' success this summer will further the cause. Nonetheless, genuine gender capital can only be achieved when women's sport generates as much income as men's sport.
Bears of the Week
There is no professional sports franchise as deflated this summer as the New York Knicks.
Instead of basking in the glow of designing Zion Williamson and the free agent acquisition of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, Knicks couldn't get any of the three. Therefore, they have a bad case of basketball envy against Brooklyn Nets, who signed Durant and Irving for maximum contracts last week.
At a US $ 4B Forbes Magazine valuation, they are the richest NBA franchise. Still, Knicks and owner James Dolan (Madison Square Garden Company) are a laugh at all other categories of performance.
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