Members of U.S. Women’s National Team Take Pay Equality Fight To 60 Minutes
Carli Lloyd, St. Louis-native Beck Sauerbrunn, Christen Press, Hope Solo and Morgan Brian of the U.S. Women’s National Team appeared on 60 Minutes last night to discuss the lack of pay equality at U.S. Soccer. The group filed an official wage discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission back in March. They allege that they are paid 40 percent of what players on the Men’s National Team make.
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati declined an interview for the segment, according to 60 Minutes. U.S. Soccer did issue a statement yesterday.
U.S. Soccer has been the world leader in developing and advocating for women’s soccer globally for decades. We are actively working to reach a new collective bargaining agreement with the USWNT. As part of that process, webelieve a variety of factors need to be considered when determining total compensation for our National Team players. We are steadfast in our commitment and mission to grow the sport across all levels in the United States.
One comparison made in the 60 Minutes segment was between National Team goaltenders Solo on the women’s side and Tim Howard on the men’s side. Solo made $366,00 in 2015 and played in 23 games. Howard played in only 8 games and made $398,495 in 2014.
The segment stayed away from pointing out the major differences between the way members of the USWNT and way members of the USMNT are paid. The women are paid a steady salary with bonuses for wins. The are also afforded health insurance benefits. These details were something the player’s fought for in the last round of negotiations due to the uncertainty of the women’s professional game. The men are paid on a per-game basis based on a bonus structure.
More meetings between the USWNT players and U.S. Soccer are set for December after repeatedly being delayed. In the 60 Minutes interview, the players appeared to leave the door open to a strike when their current contract expires.
A segment of the full interview is embedded below.
Excerpt from USWNT segment on 60 Minutes
Dave Chappelle Set For 3 Netflix Stand-Up Specials
On the heels of a successful turn hosting Saturday Night Live, Dave Chappelle is set to put on three stand-up specials exclusive to Netflix. Chappelle and director Stan Lathan will put together an original special for the streaming company, while the other two specials will be previously filmed specials from the comedian’s collection. One of the two was filmed at Austin City Limits in April 2015 while the other comes from a show at the Hollywood Palladium in March 2016.
The specials are all set for a 2017 release.
Instagram Rolls Out Live Video
Instagram is letting users broadcast live video from their stories camera as of today. Those viewing the videos and give feedback during them, but once the video ends, it is no longer available on the social channel.
Kanye West Cancels Remaining Tour Dates
Nothing Kanye West does should really surprise you. In the last several days, he’s said he didn’t vote in the recent presidential election but would have voted for Donald Trump and ended a concert in California after performing three songs and giving a speech with words for Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, Beyoncé and MTV. Now he has canceled the 21 dates left on his Saint Pablo tour. The cancellation came a mere three hours before he was set to take the stage at The Forum in Los Angeles.
Snoop Dogg was at Kanye’s concert when he want on his rant and recorded some hilarious reaction videos that he shared on Instagram.
Wherenberg Theatres To Be Sold
A family owned company based in St. Louis is being sold as Wherenberg Theatres has agreed to be acquired by Marcus Theatres out of Milwaukee. Marcus will be picking up 197 screens in 14 locations by buying Wherenberg, which was the largest chain in the country to be family owned and operated.
Fred and Gertrude Wehrenberg started what would become the Wherenberg chain in 1906 at 1953 Cherokee Street in St. Louis.
Fantastic Beasts Tops Weekend Box Office
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them took the weekend box office crown in its debut over the weekend. The spin-off of the Harry Potter series brought in an estimated $75 million over the weekend.
The Edge of Seventeen brought in an estimated $4.8 million, while Bleed for This brought in $2.36 million in their respective debuts.
Be sure to check back to ReaLifeSTL on Thanksgiving Day to preview the films making their debuts in theaters this week. Allied, with Brad Pitt, Lion, with Nicole Kidman, Bad Santa 2 and Moana are all hitting theaters.
Los Angeles Rams Throw Game Away In Final Minutes
To the delight of many St. Louis fans, the Los Angeles Rams lost yesterday to the Miami Dolphins. The Rams had a 10-0 lead heading into the final quarter in rookie Jared Goff’s first game. In fact, they had a 10-0 lead until 4 minutes and 2 seconds left in the game when Jarvis Landry caught a Ryan Tannehill pass in the end zone to make it a 10-7 game. With 36 seconds left, DeVante Parker caught another Tannehill pass to give the Dolphins the 14-10 win.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher now has 162 career losses, tieing him for the second-most in NFL history. With four more Rams losses he will become the lossingest NFL head coach of all-time.
Toy Tonka Truck Catches Real Truck On Fire
Toys ‘R” Us has stopped selling a Tonka 12V Ride-On Dump Truck after one caught fire in the back of a pickup truck as it was being transported home. A set of grandparents had bought the toy for their grandson and were transporting it home when it caught fire. The grandfather put the flames out when it caught fire the first time and began to drive back to the store. It caught fire a second time and this time, caught the real truck on fire.
— Geoff Herbert (@deafgeoff) November 21, 2016
Katie Ledecky Breaks NCAA Record By 20 Seconds
U.S. Olympic star Katie Ledecky made a splash when she decided to forgo the big bucks a professional career promised and represent Stanford in NCAA swimming events. Many predicted that the results would be silly, as she has definitely made those predictions come true. The Stanford freshman set a new 1,650-yard NCAA freestyle record over the weekend, besting the previous record by 20 seconds. Her time of 15:03.92 also topped the previous American mark, also set by Ledecky, by 10 seconds.
When Ledecky finished the 1,650-yard event over the weekend, the next closest swimmer still had four lengths of the pool left to swim. She’s set NCAA records in three different events thus far in her NCAA swimming career. Her career has consisted of four meets thus far.
Damarea Crockett Arrested For Marijuana Possession
Saturday afternoon Damarea Crockett set a Missouri football record for most rushing yards in a season by a freshman. Early Sunday morning Crockett was arrested on campus by MUPD. Crockett was found in a vehicle, along with others, at 4:17 am by an officer checking campus parking lots. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana.
Missouri football coach Barry Odom has a regularly scheduled press conference set for 1 pm today. He is expected to address the situation.
Mizzou’s Karissa Schweizer Wins NCAA Cross Country Championship
Karissa Schweizer, a junior at the University of Missouri, won the NCAA cross country national championship on Saturday in Indiana. She becomes the first woman to win a national championship in the history of the program. Keith Bacon was the last runner from Mizzou to win a cross country national championship, in 1955.
Dark Cars 3 Teaser Trailer Released
A teaser trailer for Cars 3 was released today by Disney-Pixar. The film, set to open in theaters on June 16, 2017, appears to take a much darker tone than the first two films in the successful franchise. The trailer is set during an auto race and viewers see Lighting McQueen, the character voiced by Owen Wilson, make a push towards the lead of the pack. McQueen proceeds to crash into the wall. The trailer ends with a black screen and the tagline “From this moment, everything will change.”
Cars 2, while grossing more than $500 million worldwide, wasn’t seen as a very good movie by Pixar standards. It didn’t have those signature moments that pull at your heartstrings. Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter revealed back in June that Cars 3 would be more in the Pixar mold that audiences have come to expect.
“Lightning McQueen, he’s awesome. We’ve got some great new characters, some great racing in it. It’s a very emotional story. It’s a little bit more akin to Cars 1, where you get into a deep emotion with him. It’s really a special story. It’s very emotional and his relationship with Doc Hudson, and his memory of Doc Hudson.”
Watch the Cars 3 teaser trailer below.
Cars 3 teaser trailer
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