For coach Harald Janson of the women’s basketball champions Eisvögel Freiburg, the financial differences to men’s sports are difficult to accept.
For coach Harald Janson of the new German women’s basketball champions Eisvögel Freiburg, the financial differences to men’s sports are hard to accept. “A German basketball player usually earns a hundred times as much as a German female basketball player,” Janson told Deutschlandfunk radio, “and that’s also what the clubs’ budgets look like and nothing will change.”
Freiburg had secured the title for the first time on Friday. But a step forward was not to be expected as a result, he said. Success does not mean “what it means in football or men’s football, for example, that the money automatically flows,” Janson said: “We continue to work modestly on our budget.” The club’s budget is 200,000 euros.
In this country, the problems are particularly big, according to Janson. There is a triangle that is interdependent but mutually beneficial: “This triangle is: men’s football ? media ? Economy. And in no other country in Europe is it so difficult to penetrate this triangle.”
He also said the young generation lacks female role models. “We need institutions to make girls strong, to give girls the same opportunities as their male counterparts,” said Janson: “Women’s sport is not less attractive, we experience exactly the same emotions in women’s sport. You just have to make it possible for the fans and the children to identify with the athletes.”