2. Payment for playing in any sport, depends on the sport earning $.
The $ earned needs passionate FANS. You need to WIN HEARTS and MINDS.
Take soccer fans in England.
It's not just Premier League games that sell out. It's ALSO the next 3 divisions BELOW.
Fans won't just know the names of current players. They'll know the players for seasons beforehand. Ditto, the teams results.
Q: how many of the harpies whining about women's soccer salaries would even know the names of the US players?