Female pro-hockey players gripe about low salaries–um, who watches female pro hockey?
From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
Here’s the question (a headline in Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter): “Will Female Pro-Hockey Players Ever Get What They’re Worth?”
And here’s the answer (from the text of the article itself, which is about the sad-sack salaries in the National Women’s Hockey League compared to what the guy pros of the National Hockey League earn):
“[A]s of December 27, the average attendance at an NWHL game was 900 people. In comparison, the NHL’s lowest average overall attendance this season belongs to the Carolina Hurricanes, with 14,258 (as of this writing).”
In other words, female pro-hockey players may well actually getting what they’re worth–which is zero. Who wants to watch women play hockey? In fact, I didn’t even know there was a National Women’s Hockey League until I found this article. I’d always assumed that the whole point of professional ice hockey was to watch handsome Russian and Canadian brutes shoving the puck and sometimes each other.
Posted by Charlotte Allen