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WNBA Reaches 15-Year Milestone (Women's Nat'l Basketball Assoc.)
Henry Louis Gates' "The Root" ^ | 20 June | Burton

Posted on 06/21/2011 7:14:45 AM PDT by flowerplough

The WNBA is marking a milestone this week: It will have been in business for 15 years. The league that started in 1997 as a showcase of women's talent in basketball is still making it happen, almost 15 years to the day when the inaugural game happened between the Los Angeles Sparks and The New York Liberty.

Tuesday night the same matchup will occur on the anniversary of the first game between the two teams. Contrary to many predictions, the WNBA outlasted an early rival, endured a struggling economy and overcome many setbacks including low attendance.

The Associated Press reports, "It's a good sound to hear -- 15 years -- because when we first started not too many believed it would remain," said Weatherspoon, who teamed with Rebecca Lobo to lead the Liberty to a 67-57 win over Leslie, Toler and the Sparks in that first game. "Only we did as the athletes. And to hear 15 years is amazing."

Many of the players, including Lisa Leslie, weren't expecting much, thinking it would be a summer league of some sort. They did not know that they would play in the same arenas as male players, using locker rooms used by Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Michael Cooper and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in the case of the Los Angeles Sparks.

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TOPICS: Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: mrskippy
Real (male) league subsidized Title IX for tall women?
1 posted on 06/21/2011 7:14:47 AM PDT by flowerplough
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To: flowerplough

NBA subsidizes the league. If it had to subsist on its own, it would die in a year.


2 posted on 06/21/2011 7:16:42 AM PDT by rstrahan
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To: flowerplough

Yes, 15 years and I have yet to watch a game.


3 posted on 06/21/2011 7:18:20 AM PDT by lesko
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To: flowerplough

The WNBA is a lot like Holland.


4 posted on 06/21/2011 7:19:48 AM PDT by Batman11 (Obama's poll numbers are so low the Kenyans are claiming he was born in the USA!)
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To: flowerplough

The WNBA - Giving lesbians something to do for the last 15 years.


5 posted on 06/21/2011 7:20:02 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: flowerplough

They should make the WNBA teams play top boys’ high school teams using a regulation size basketball. The results would be hilarious.


6 posted on 06/21/2011 7:24:50 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: flowerplough

Attendance peaked in 2002.


7 posted on 06/21/2011 7:32:53 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: rstrahan

Actually it breaks even or is damn near close to.


8 posted on 06/21/2011 7:35:47 AM PDT by Raymann
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To: Batman11
"The WNBA is a lot like Holland."

Care to explain this?

9 posted on 06/21/2011 7:38:36 AM PDT by EscapedDutch ("Socialism is great until you run out of other people's money" - Lady Margaret Thatcher)
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To: lesko

I don’t even watch the NBA - had to check and see what the letters WNBA stood for first.....


10 posted on 06/21/2011 7:39:06 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: flowerplough

The WNBA is best described by the metaphor of the dancing bear—the circus bear that shuffles clumsily for the amusement of the audience.

Such bears, don’t dance well, as everyone at the circus can see. What amazes the crowd is that the bear dances at all.


11 posted on 06/21/2011 7:43:03 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: dfwgator

The WNBA - Giving lesbians something to do for the last 15 years.

No sh*t. We took our (then elementary-aged) girls to a WNBA game and the fans cruising the AT&T Center in San Antonio were just downright scary. One time was all it took.

Can anybody explain to me why one of the sought-after dyke looks is fat, short, hispanic women with droopy drawers, high-and-tight haircuts and gangsta hats? This is apparently attractive to some segment of society?


12 posted on 06/21/2011 7:52:28 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: jagusafr

I’ve noticed that too.

Some, not all, but some, lesbians like that look. It sure seems that many lesbians go out of their way to have a mannish appearance. They are so proud of being women who simply love other women. However, they want to appear to be men.

At first glance, I have made the mistake of thinking that a person was a man, then realized it was simply a mannish appearing female. I guess that makes me a bigot in today’s world. I have to go to re-education camp.


13 posted on 06/21/2011 7:54:58 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: lesko

I’ve never even heard anyone talk about a WNBA game.


14 posted on 06/21/2011 8:18:28 AM PDT by Inwoodian
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To: Dilbert San Diego
At first glance, I have made the mistake of thinking that a person was a man, then realized it was simply a mannish appearing female.

I once called a Diesel Dyke "Sir." She gave me a bad look as if insulted.

I then told her that since she was trying to look like a man, she had done pretty well and should not be insulted.

She stomped off with nothing to say.

15 posted on 06/21/2011 8:24:25 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: dfwgator

Well its also known as the national lesbian employment act !
Have you ever lived in a town which hosted the women’s college national championship ?


16 posted on 06/21/2011 8:26:53 AM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !)
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To: achilles2000

Actually, one of our Olympic teams scrimmaged with a mens team during their training; the team included a former NBA (mens) star. The wimmin lost, but they did well - despite losing nearly every rebound battle.

One guy couldn’t believe that Katrina could fight him out of position. Some of those “girls” are quite strong.

Just for info - - about two years ago, our under-16 national girls team won every one of their international games by an average of 50+ points (I think it was actually 70). This years won everything by a lesser point spread.


17 posted on 06/21/2011 8:33:30 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Ann Coulter's "Demonic" - - Identifies the Democrats in Detail)
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To: ncalburt
Have you ever lived in a town which hosted the women’s college national championship ?

Thankfully, no.

18 posted on 06/21/2011 8:36:49 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Dilbert San Diego; jagusafr
A lot of real life lesbians look like Ernest Borgnine.
19 posted on 06/21/2011 8:39:19 AM PDT by youngidiot (Hear Hear!)
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To: dfwgator

Yes, and that inconvenient fact is something the league prefers not to talk about. In its early days, the WNBA was marketed as a “family-friendly” event, with ticket prices well below those of NBA contests. That lasted until families began to complain about all the lesbian “couples” at WNBA games and their public displays of affection.

Traditional families now avoid the league like the plague, and that has created additional problems for the NBA: attendance for the women’s league peaked almost a decade ago (as another poster observed), and the WNBA lacks marketable stars who can boost TV ratings or merchandise sales. And, there’s a very good reason you hear almost nothing about the private lives of WNBA players. Most are lesbians and the NBA knows that’s a huge turn-off for many basketball fans.

Privately, you’ll find a lot of NBA people who wish the league had never started the WNBA. They would have been better off marketing/televising games from the summer developmental league. Viewers might actually tune in for players on the cusp of making it in the NBA, and the league wouldn’t have to worry about a stray camera shot of some lesbian couple making out in the stands.


20 posted on 06/21/2011 8:41:53 AM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: flowerplough

I didn’t realize the GYNBA was still around.


21 posted on 06/21/2011 8:46:34 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: EscapedDutch

The dikes.


22 posted on 06/21/2011 9:42:46 AM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: flowerplough
Femputer: Hmm. Perhaps men are not as evil as Femputer thinks.

Thog: But they make fun women's basketball.

Femputer: What? Did you explain how the women's good fundamentals make up for their inability to dunk?

Ornik: Yes. They still laugh.

Femputer: The men must die.

23 posted on 06/21/2011 10:24:32 AM PDT by whd23 (Every time a link is de-blogged an angel gets its wings.)
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To: wac3rd

ROFL, I hadn’t had a coffee when I read it. Too funny!


24 posted on 06/21/2011 11:20:37 AM PDT by EscapedDutch ("Socialism is great until you run out of other people's money" - Lady Margaret Thatcher)
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To: flowerplough
the WNBA . . . overcame many setbacks including low attendance . . .

. . . and teams that any men's intramural squad at any small college could defeat easily.

25 posted on 06/21/2011 3:39:47 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Follow the Bouncy Ballshevik!)
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To: Batman11
"The WNBA is a lot like Holland."

_______________________________________

Take that back... Holland has some good looking women & is actually good at some stuff.
26 posted on 06/21/2011 3:42:41 PM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: Minus_The_Bear; EscapedDutch

Just a stupid dike joke. No offense intended to Holland. We have very close friends who are Dutch. Wonderful people.


27 posted on 06/21/2011 6:13:29 PM PDT by Batman11 (Obama's poll numbers are so low the Kenyans are claiming he was born in the USA!)
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