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Mercury Title Run Spotlights Pay Gap in Sports

When the Phoenix Mercury take the basketball court today in their quest for a third championship, the focus will be on free throws, pick and rolls, fouls and other fundamentals of the game.

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Dana Hooper, an agent and attorney specializing in sports law at Greenberg Traurig in Phoenix, is seeking to raise awareness of the pay gap. But even she acknowledges there are solid reasons for a discrepancy.

"The women's game doesn't fill as many seats in the arena. They don't sell as many jerseys," said Hooper, who played intercollegiate basketball at the University of California-Berkeley and now represents some female basketball and soccer players in salary negotiations. "Money doesn't grow on trees, so you have to come up with the revenue."

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