On September 9, California announced that Assembly Bill (AB) 467 was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom, requiring equal prize money for all athletes, regardless of gender, as a condition for approving a lease or permit request for any sporting event held on state lands.
The bill addresses the gender pay gap that has long plagued competitive sports. The bill's passing comes on the back of the breaking down of negotiations between the USWNT and US Soccer who have been fighting for equal pay for years. Former professional cyclist and CEO of the Homestretch Foundation Kathryn Bertine said that it's "not just a monumental moment in sports, but a societal shift toward equity and progress. We have moved the dial forward, proving that inclusion matters. I look forward to seeing the impact of this bill, not just in California, but nationwide."
Why We Like It
We have long been supporters of equal pay for equal play, and legislation of any kind is a step in the right direction. California's legal decisions often pave the way for the rest of the company, and we can hope that this decision has a ripple effect to the rest of the country. There is no longer a sound argument for pay inequality in any industry, sports included, so we are eager to see the impact of the bill and the state of pay in competitive sports moving forward.
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