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The Wall Street Journal: U.S. women’s hockey team boycotts over low pay

In the expanding world of pay disputes between underpaid athletes and sports bodies, the U.S. Women’s National Hockey team Wednesday said it would take a step others have often been reluctant to: not show up for its games.

The team’s players said they would not play at their world championships — scheduled for two weeks in Plymouth, Mich. — because they are weary of being paid salaries that put them around the poverty line. The team’s boycott matters because the U.S. women are the defending world champs. They have medaled in all five of the sport’s Olympic tournaments. They are one of only four or five quality teams in the world, making their presence essential to the legitimacy of any major tournament.

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