June 17, 2003

Why are women's pro leagues struggling in the US? Because men don't care. No, because women don't care (NYT).

posted by Mookieproof to culture at 12:10 PM - 9 comments

"40 minutes of underhand layups". Hell, American (MLS) soccer is barely good enough to keep my attention. I think this is something that will require patience, multiple generations of women growing up and playing these sports at higher and higher levels and also permeating the conciousness.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:50 PM on June 17, 2003

The NBA has spent too much money and effort to give up on the WNBA in less than a decade. While the attendance numbers are low compared to the NBA, they're pretty good compared to most semi-pro and minor leagues. While a $12 million yearly loss isn't chump change, to put it in some perspective, that's about as much a year as Zydrunas Illgauskas earns.

posted by rcade at 01:53 PM on June 17, 2003

NOBODY cares!!

posted by StarFucker at 02:08 PM on June 17, 2003

I watch lots of women's college basketball. I could care less about the WNBA though.

posted by corpse at 02:13 PM on June 17, 2003

I care. Well actually I don't, but after watching Bend it Like Beckham I wish I did.

posted by dusted at 03:37 PM on June 17, 2003

Rog, I'm not suggesting they shut down the WNBA or the WUSA, hope they don't, but seems like there'll be a long stretch of road before the red turns black.

posted by billsaysthis at 07:05 PM on June 17, 2003

For me, it's hard to watch women's basketball or soccer after watching a men's game. It just seems they're moving in slow motion. Why not shorten the field/court, and lower the basket? I mean, women, by nature, are slightly slower and shorter than men. It would tighten up the action and speed up the game. The one exception would be tennis, where the court seems perfect for women's play but has probably been outgrown by men.

posted by gyc at 07:45 PM on June 17, 2003

For someone who doesn't care, StarFucker, you sure manage to voice that sentiment often. I'm beginning to think that there's some kind of story there ... maybe something involving Rebecca Lobo, a pick up game, a hard-to-the-basket post up move, and a guy who cried for so long afterwards Rebecca felt guilty.

posted by rcade at 08:15 PM on June 17, 2003

I like this story about Cheryl Miller: "Cheryl, I got 39." "Reggie, that's great." "Yeah, so how'd you do?" "Uh, I got a 105."

posted by kirkaracha at 02:01 AM on June 18, 2003

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