Good morning! Urban Meyer claimed there is “no chance” he leaves the Jaguars to become the next coach at Southern California.
One thing we’ve learned over the years: if Urban says he isn’t interested in a job or is retiring from coaching then it almost guarantees that’s what’s going to happen.
Just ask the folks at Florida and Ohio State.
In today's Sprint:
🤸♀️ US Gymnasts speak out in FBI hearing.
⚽️ US soccer's collective bargaining gets messy.
⛳ Brooks Koepka makes bold (and questionable) claims.
Trivia: At the age of 31, how many Majors had Tiger Woods won?
*Answer at the bottom
WATER COOLER TALK
🤸♀️ Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, and Aly Raisman spoke out at the US Senate hearing to review the FBI’s mishandling of the Larry Nassar case.
"Not only did the FBI not report my abuse, but when they eventually documented my report 17 months later, they made entirely false claims about what I said," Maroney said.
The Bureau already fired one agent for his mishandling of the case when the abuse was initially reported.
In 2018, Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years for sexual abuse of minors while he served as the US Gymnastics official doctor.
⛳️ The PGA’s short 11 day offseason is officially over. The world’s biggest players have one last tune-up at the Fortinet Championship before next week’s Ryder Cup.
Jon Rahm (-225) is the betting favorite to win the tournament.
🍷 Portland Trail Blazers all-star CJ McCollum would fit in well in Italy’s Serie A soccer league. He’s the first active NBA player to own a vineyard.
Although the details have yet to be announced, the wines will likely join his current McCollum Heritage 91 brand.
Not As Good As It Sounds
The US Soccer Federation (USSF) proposed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement which would cover both the Men’s and Women’s National Teams. The USSF claims it is “an offer on paper of identical contracts to the USWNT and USMNT, and to discuss equalizing prize money.”
The news comes after the USWNT appealed the decision on their lawsuit against the USSF in an effort to achieve equal pay.
Quick background: The US Women have won four World Cups, including the last two in 2015 and 2019. The men, however, have not made it past the quarterfinals since 1930.
But that’s not the whole story. Let’s look at FIFA’s proposed prize money for the two upcoming World Cups.
2022 Men’s World Cup: $440 million
2023 Women’s World Cup: $60 million
Both the Women’s and Men’s teams are not happy with the CBA offer. A spokesperson for the USWNT said:
“USSF’s PR stunts and bargaining through the media will not bring us any closer to a fair agreement.”
"If the USSF was serious about equal pay, they would not engage in publicity stunts which fall short of addressing our issues."
Meanwhile, an anonymous source said to ESPN:
“The way they want to solve the women's problem is not by increasing the women's income fairly. It's by cutting [the men's CBA] down to the [women's] 2017 to 2021 deal numbers.”
Most soccer federations frame player payments based on the World Cup. For example:
Men’s players made $55,000 each for making the 2014 World Cup roster.
Women’s players made $37,500 each for making the 2019 World Cup roster.
But it’s more complicated in the US: The structure of the currently operating CBAs is hugely different for both US teams. The men’s structure is simply ‘pay for play’ while the women’s includes different benefits such as health care, injury pay, and 401(k) plans, but lower pay per game.
Zoom out: The USSF is trying to position itself as the good guy. Cindy Cone, President of the USSF, put it this way:
“We need our men’s and women’s national teams to come together and rethink how we’ve done things in the past.”
The current women’s CBA runs through December 2021 while the men’s expired back in 2018.
Champions League - Group Stage
(1 pts)PSG 1vs. (1 pts) Club Brugge 1
Starting their new big 3 (Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar) for the first time, PSG was actually outshot by underdog Brugge 15-9 despite their high rate of possession (61%).