Every time a thread such as this comes up I despair at how little people understand basic economics. It should be compulsory for everyone to take economics classes to a certain level so that they don't make moronic politically motivated statements such as the ones that fill this thread.
I'm finding this thread very interesting seeing it from both sides. To be honest though I think sport in general is a very male dominated profession from any level, whether it be coaching, officiating, competing, medical/sport science etc. Until there is a higher participation rate and more interest in female sport, there is no chance of the gap between male and female athletes closing. As long as more people remain disinterested the wage cap will continue. I will say though what I find interesting is how popular university sport especially football for both male and females are in the United States. Female sports draw in huge crowds.