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2014 WNBA Thread

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by heyabbott, Jun 18, 2014.

  1. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    in my quest to get a hummer from Christine Brennan I started this thread to give equal time to the WNBA.
    1. I believe that the Belgium v Algiers first round game will have higher ratings than an WNBA playoff game.

    2. Mrs Wang, the mother of Washington Post sports journalist called Gene last week and there is a chance that this following conversation occurred.

    Mom(agitated): Gene, is everything ok?
    Gene (quizzically): Yes mom, everything is fine.
    Mom: are you sure?
    Gene: yes, I'm well, nothing is wrong. Why?
    Mom: you can tell me Gene, I'm your mother. DId you lose your job?
    Gene: No Mom, I still work for the Washington Post.
    Mom: I never see your by line any more and you know I've read everything you've ever written since kindergarten.
    Gene: Mom, my articles are in the paper 3 times a week and at least once a week its on the first page of the sports section.
    Mom: don't lie to me Gene, I read the paper everyday and I don't see it.
    Gene: Mom, I'm the beat reporter for the Washington Mystics
    Mom: stop making things up, if you need money you can always ask us. Dad knows someone at the Penny Saver and you can get your old job back.
    Gene: Mom, The Washington Mystics are in the WNBA, its womens professional basketball.
    Mom: Oh. Do you want Dad to call the Penny Saver anyway?
  2. BrianGriffin

    BrianGriffin Active Member

    I think this thread may be over now...
  3. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Pretty much like the WNBA.

    The WNBA was a personal step-child of David Stern, and he had a vested interest, if only for PR purposes, in helping it stay alive.

    Adam Silver doesn't give two shits about the WNBA. If it's not pulling its own weight financially, whatever indirect and institutional support it's getting from the NBA will be yanked (or more likely, quietly and discreetly shut off) and hasta la vista.
  4. Blitz

    Blitz Active Member

    If they played in smaller venues and offered cheaper concessions, ticket prices, and salaries it might float.
    It certainly right now does not pull its weight financially.
    The best women's players need a stage to play on here in the U.S. after college.
    It's sad to see it not working but the pricing is too high for the product.
  5. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I looked up ticket prices for both New York and Seattle out of curiosity. The cheapest ticket for both was $20 and $18 respectively. Most expensive was $308 and $52, respectively.

    Now yes, it's New York, so things are more expensive. Still,taking Seattle into account, with a median price of $35, that still seems pretty expensive for a sport that I would consider to be a level equivalent with Triple-A baseball, where you can get tickets up close for $20 or so.
  6. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    Unlike most leagues, the WNBA doesn't shy away (anymore) from gay people in its fan base.

  7. SEC Guy

    SEC Guy Member

    Anymore? Women's leagues are dominated by gay fans and have been since the WNBA and the ABL both started.

    Quite simply, it's smart marketing.
  8. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    For The NBA I believe that the WNBA is a cheap "get out of jail free" when
    things like Sterling issue pop up.

    Having the WNBA makes the league look enlightened.
  9. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    Only a few years ago, a lot of teams were very uncomfortable spotlighting that they had gay fans. In theory, WNBA games were supposed to be "family" events.

  10. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    At games of the WNBA team which used to play around here, certain sections became de facto LGBT sections, and "heteros" or "breeders" (of any age) were more or less encouraged to move to other sections. You don't ever hear the WNBA talking about that.
  11. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    I've heard that guys looking for sperm donor gigs hang out the the LGBT
    section. Some even hand out business cards.
  12. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    The WNBA could put a live webcam in the shower and locker rooms and they wouldn't get a bump in the ratings.

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