Cricket commentator and ex-Black Cap Peter McGlashan has called for the men’s T20 champions to donate part of their winnings to the women’s winners, the Wellington Blaze, as he re-ignited the debate about gender pay equity in sport.
McGlashan took to Twitter last night to address the fact that he was paid more to commentate than the players were in the women’s final between the Blaze and the Canterbury Magicians at Eden Park Outer Oval yesterday.
He wrote that Black Caps fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan was paid $850 to commentate the match for Radio Sport while he received $350 for commentating on the final and the preceding Super Smash men’s game between the Aces and the Volts.McGlashan did correct the payment for McClenaghan to $575 in a later tweet.
"Sophie Devine got paid her $45 non-travelling day meal allowance and the Wellington Blaze got no (prizemoney)," he wrote.
In two weeks, the men's winners will get $80,000, he added.
This morning, McGlashan called for the winners of the men’s competition should donate part of their winnings to the Blaze.
"Gonna put it out there, whoever wins men’s @SuperSmashNZ (& it may well be my @ndcaknights) should consider putting $20k aside 4 @Wgtn_Blaze, it’ll mean giving up about $1k each, a little more than u’d get 4 playing the game & wotif team coming 2nd could give up all of their 20k?”
Women’s players understood that their lack of pay was a reflection of the fact they weren’t making money for the associations, Magicians captain Frankie Mackay said.
"We don't earn the money, we know that, we don't bring in the sponsorship deals and people in through the gates paying for their tickets as well," she told Radio Sport.
"We understand we're not making money for our associations."