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Women's Sports

Friday, January 30, 2009 5 comments

One of the sites that I visit and have a link to is Spartan Nation. This is a site that covers Michigan State sports along with other sports teams in Michigan. A week or so ago I was happy to read an article that shared my view on women's sports. What was even better is that it was written by a woman. This particular article applied to the college level, but I think it also applies to the WNBA as well. Here are a few excerpts from the article:

"Amidst its glow of feminism, however, lies a bitter truth: women’s college sports are not as profitable as men’s. Volleyball, for example, is one of the more popular women’s sports. Like true Spartans, the fans are rowdy and spirited, but they number about the same a high school volleyball game. Men’s basketball fans are paying up to $400 a seat, while that same seat can be occupied for $13 at a women’s game. When it comes to making money, the two just don’t compare. Most women don’t support women’s sports... most women prefer watching men’s sports. A defined audience is missing for women’s sports, and it is reflected in ticket sales."

"Women’s basketball has managed to find a niche audience and become the most successful of the women’s programs. Even with that relative success, they have lost millions.It’s a popular event for families because good seats can be purchased for an affordable price... The publicity MSU gains from women’s basketball makes up for mediocre ticket sales in the opinion of the administration. Not all women’s sports, however, have enjoyed this success."

"everything comes down to money... If MSU is going to operate like a business, it needs to stick to simple business practices.Equal rights also means equal accountability and if men’s sports are on the chopping block for not being economically viable then certainly women’s (protected by title nine) must also be in a “real and equal” world."

I would add that Tennessee's women's basketball coach Pat Summit (how many people know who she is?) is about to achieve 1,000 wins. This is quite an achievement, but the sad fact of reality is, nobody cares.

The same can be said about the WNBA. Just last December WNBA team the Houston Comets folded. This was an original team that had won 4 league championships. Now the current news is that the roster number will drop from 13 to 11. I don't know anyone who can name 11 players in the WNBA. When the Detroit Pistons won the NBA championship in 2004 the WNBA team the Detroit Shock also won their championship. They brought the two trophies to our state capitol. You could see fingerprints on the NBA trophy from people touching it and they had to clean it about every few minutes. The WNBA trophy was spotless and I never saw them clean it once.

5 comments: to “ Women's Sports so far...

  • steve martin January 30, 2009 at 4:44 PM
     

    Craig,

    I have had the same thoughts about womens sports for years.

    No offense to the ladies, but I just don't think it is too exciting.

    College baseball is a good example, also.

    I'd like to se the budgets for the MS football team and the baseball team. Vastly different I'm sure.

  • Craig January 30, 2009 at 5:59 PM
     

    I agree it is nothing personal against women athletes. I forgot to mention that MSU charges a decent amount of money to students for season tickets for basketball, football and hockey. However, students get free admission into women sporting events.

  • steve martin January 31, 2009 at 8:30 AM
     

    Craig,

    This whole thing has come from the move towards egalitarianism,

    Everyone must be equal. Tophies for the last place team, too.

    Don't keep score in kid's soccer games. Self -esteem. No right or wrong. All roads lead to Heaven..yada yada yada.

    It stinks.

    Thanks Craig!

  • MikeT February 2, 2009 at 7:07 AM
     

    They need to face it. The only women's sport that would ever be popular (but for the "wrong reasons") is "Bikini Rugby." Men want to watch the better athleticism of the men's games and women want to watch the men's games in part because there are a lot of well-built men playing them.

  • DILinator February 3, 2009 at 10:42 AM
     

    I am glad Women have an opportunity to play sports both in High School and College, and I would hate to see that ever taken away. But all of these politically correct things being done to try and equalize both Men and Women's sports, is ridiculous! As this article and your points show Craig, the backing just isn't there to justify putting both Men's and Women's sports on the same level. That this keeps being pushed is a joke, and flies in the face of all sound reason.

    As for the WNBA, I am glad that Women who played Basketball in college, and were good at it, have an opportunity to play at a higher level. However, it's just not as entertaining, and even as a "supporter" of the league, I must confess that I rarely ever watch a game, and when I do it's only very briefly.

 
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