(Original post by anarchism101)
The question isn't why they get paid what they do, but whether they deserve it.
What does 'deserve' mean? They bring in the money, they should get the money. They are deserving.
I never claimed they were on a par, but if you're using attendance figures as your standard then you're painting quite a narrower gap than I suspect you actually believe exists, at least at the top level. Same with ticket prices.
As it's the Olympics, people wanted to go to whatever they could get tickets for, regardless of the standard or how much they actually wanted to see the game. If you look at the regular league attendances, it's about 1000 for women and 35,000 for men, so the gap is very wide.
I don't see why that makes a difference. Maybe it would if the host countries were relatively isolated and difficult for foreign fans to get to, but that's not the case here
Because people are more inclined to go to a world cup if it's their own country, even if it's not difficult to get to from elsewhere. You can see this in the 2011 women's world cup, in Germany, having lower attendances than the 2007 one in China, and the 2012 Euros, in Ukraine, having larger attendances than the 2008 in Austria/Switzerland.
You chose 2007 WWC vs 2008 Euros as your comparison, but if you compare 2011 vs 2012, Euro 2012 had nearly twice as large attendances. And it's a fairer comparison, although 2011 was still held in a larger country.