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Bethany Balcer got a ‘$50 gift card to Chipotle’ for winning NWSL Rookie of the Year

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As the NWSL Players Association continues to fight for the league’s first CBA, former Rookie of the Year and OL Reign forward Bethany Balcer has given some insight into the system.

“Why is equal pay important?” Balcer wrote on Twitter. “I got a $50 gift card to chipotle for winning rookie of the year in 2019. That’s it.”

She then revealed that the gift card was sent from the players association and not the league.

With the NWSL in the midst of a tumultuous season that has included multiple firings as well as questions over player safety, the calls for a CBA have only increased. The NWSLPA launched a No More Side Hustles campaign this season to highlight how much hasn’t changed from the league’s beginnings.