Sports With Littlefield: Women's Hockey Celebrates Win Over Wages

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The U.S. Women's National Hockey Team reached a historic agreement Tuesday with USA Hockey, the sport's governing league, after threatening a boycott of the world championship. USA Hockey agreed to increase financial support for women's hockey and increase the salaries of women athletes.

Women players make significantly less their male counterparts, whose salaries come from the NHL. USA Hockey also dedicates fewer resources to the growth of women's hockey and less support for the women's national team.

For instance, while USA Hockey spends about $1 million annually supporting the women's team, they spend about $3.5 million on the men's development team, under 20-year-old players in training.

Team Captain Meghan Duggan celebrated the victory on Twitter.


Bill Littlefield, host of NPR's Only A Game, which tweets @OnlyAGameNPR.

This segment aired on March 29, 2017.



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