Will many think the NBA is more entertaining? Of course. How that means the WNBA is NOT entertaining is beyond me. That’s what is disappointing, that when it comes to the WNBA, some people, even women such as Ms. Rohlin, (who can probably see Russia from her porch) still can only regard our league as the NBA’s kid sister. Where was the NBA in its 12th season? Furthermore, the idea that if it isn’t the MOST watched or MOST marketed that it isn’t worthy is unfairly applied to women’s sports. Such a rationale belies not only an ingrained sexism, but ignorance over the fact that NBA versus the WNBA doesn’t have to be an either/or conundrum: we have different seasons.
Apparently the WNBA is doing pretty well these days. I don’t know anyone who watches, or even goes to these games, but according to their numbers 2007 was their most successful season to date. In 2007 the WNBA set attendance records for the playoffs (216,863 fans at 21 games) and the finals (74,178 at five games). The regular-season attendance grew by 2 percent in 2007, and was highlighted by a new eight-year television agreement with ESPN, which extends the league’s relationship with the network to 20 seasons. The league and its players union have agreed to a new CBA which includes player salary raises and a shared revenue component among its teams. They aren’t making NBA money yet, but its still better than working at the local Applebee’s. Plus, most of the players can make some serious guape going oversees like Diana Tuarasi and Sue Bird. Reading a story like that, I can see why Candace Parker is talking about being the first female player to go hardship! and she can ball forreals.