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APNewsBreak: WNBA to Market to LGBT Community
AP ^ | May 21, 2014 | DOUG FEINBERG

Posted on 05/21/2014 7:59:49 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement

Amid a surge of public opinion in favor of gay rights in the U.S., the WNBA is launching a campaign to market the league to the LGBT community, becoming the first pro sports league to specifically recruit gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender fans to its games.

With the marketing campaign, the WNBA is capitalizing on what it has known for years: The community makes up a significant portion of its fan base. The difference now is that the league is talking about it publicly and making it a deliberate part of its marketing strategy.

The launch of the effort coincides with a surge of political and legal advances for the gay-rights movement in the U.S., and shifting public opinion behind many of those advances.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: homosexuals; wnba
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Well, that is one way to get publicity.
1 posted on 05/21/2014 7:59:49 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Lesbians in the WNBA? Who knew?


2 posted on 05/21/2014 8:01:01 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: ConservativeStatement

The WNBA has a fan base? Who knew?


3 posted on 05/21/2014 8:01:22 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: ConservativeStatement

4 posted on 05/21/2014 8:01:33 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Do they need to?


5 posted on 05/21/2014 8:01:39 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: fhayek

What you said.


6 posted on 05/21/2014 8:02:12 PM PDT by StoneWall Brigade
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To: ConservativeStatement

Is NASCAR next? LOL


7 posted on 05/21/2014 8:02:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

This is not new. Not even. I have been around gay women for years, working with as many as 6 at one time. They always had tickets to give away.


8 posted on 05/21/2014 8:02:55 PM PDT by webheart (We are all pretty much living in a fiction.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Choices. Freedom.

adios, women basketballers.


9 posted on 05/21/2014 8:03:33 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Billthedrill

In other words, affirmative action for professional sports. Its just lowering the bar so the less athletic will be able to compete professionally.


10 posted on 05/21/2014 8:04:18 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: ConservativeStatement

I thought that was the intent of the WNBA.


11 posted on 05/21/2014 8:04:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Lesbians...

12 posted on 05/21/2014 8:04:43 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The end is closer and closer than we thought. See you on the other side!


13 posted on 05/21/2014 8:05:02 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!!!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Hell in a hand basket.


14 posted on 05/21/2014 8:05:09 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Once the sugar-rush of frantic MSM coverage dies out, the only effect will be to push the league further into obscurity.


15 posted on 05/21/2014 8:05:12 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: ConservativeStatement

So if it’s ok for the wnba to openly market to gays, can another sports league openly market to straights? And mention it in their ads? Somehow, I doubt it....


16 posted on 05/21/2014 8:05:51 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Women have their own professional basketball league? What will they think of next?


17 posted on 05/21/2014 8:06:07 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: webheart

The way the NFL is going you are going to be given lots of tickets to football games by your homosexual co-workers.


18 posted on 05/21/2014 8:06:12 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: PGR88
There is a survey floating around on the net, with over 500,000 responses. The question is, "Would you rather find $5 or have your local WNBA team win a championship?"

Finding $5 is ahead 81-19.

19 posted on 05/21/2014 8:07:45 PM PDT by Pappy Smear
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To: ConservativeStatement
You made a mistake.

It should say "WNBA to Market to Non-LGBT Community".

20 posted on 05/21/2014 8:07:45 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jsanders2001

> In other words, affirmative action for professional sports. Its just lowering the bar so the less athletic will be able to compete professionally.

My bad. Thought they meant the athletes there for a sec. That’s probably next tho


21 posted on 05/21/2014 8:07:50 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001
In other words, affirmative action for professional sports.

I was at a WNBA game one time - believe me, the action was all in the stands.

22 posted on 05/21/2014 8:07:53 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: PGalt

The wnba is subsidized by the nba. They can’t pay their bills as it is.


23 posted on 05/21/2014 8:08:58 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: ConservativeStatement

They are going to ....start?

In other news, the NRA is going to start marketing to conservatives


25 posted on 05/21/2014 8:10:11 PM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: cripplecreek

I don’t know where you got that meme, but I LOVE it!


26 posted on 05/21/2014 8:11:01 PM PDT by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I figured they’ve already been doing this for years.


27 posted on 05/21/2014 8:13:00 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: FlJoePa

Are male reporters allowed in WNBA dressing rooms? Equal access. ESPN, to this day, often mentions how female reporters go inside mens’ dressing rooms.


28 posted on 05/21/2014 8:13:32 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Billthedrill

Yeah, no kidding.


29 posted on 05/21/2014 8:13:45 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Its the WNBA..aren’t the players already lesbos..I watched a WNBA game once..hitting yourself against the wall was more entertaining..both teams combined couldn’t score 60 points


32 posted on 05/21/2014 8:17:06 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

The WNBA- Where you can really lick your opponent.


33 posted on 05/21/2014 8:17:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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Why is Asspress twenty years late reporting this?


34 posted on 05/21/2014 8:19:15 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: ConservativeStatement
They're still around?

I wonder if coming out to the game will take on new meaning....

35 posted on 05/21/2014 8:21:19 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: FlJoePa

Thanks for the info. I did not know that, but I heard LeBron will go on strike if…

Empty seats? Too politically correct to fail?


36 posted on 05/21/2014 8:21:51 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Veggie Todd

Don’t be a bigot....

/s


37 posted on 05/21/2014 8:22:15 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: PGalt

I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that women’s basketball pretty much sucks. Unless you know someone who is playing, there is no reason to watch it.


38 posted on 05/21/2014 8:23:58 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: ConservativeStatement

They’ve been doing this for years haven’t they? Why is it news now?


39 posted on 05/21/2014 8:25:52 PM PDT by erod
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To: ConservativeStatement

40 posted on 05/21/2014 8:27:55 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Ob)
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To: Veggie Todd

Several years ago the Women’s Basketball Coach of Penn State University, Rene Portland, was run out of a job because she would not recruit gay players. Look what happened after she left!

Rene was a decent lady. I heard parents say that their daughters felt safe on her team. But you know how the liberals are a corps of intolerant people claiming they’re tolerant as they spread their societal poison.

If anyone knows how to get hold of Rene, please FRMail me.


41 posted on 05/21/2014 8:28:26 PM PDT by Loud Mime (We don't follow the Constitution, so let's change it? Foolish.)
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To: Huskrrrr

Yes, except for the trannys amongst them.


42 posted on 05/21/2014 8:29:05 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: FlJoePa

I dunno. Billy did a good job with the Detroit women. I did not go to a game but was mildly interested. Those women were good.

http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2013/09/why_cant_ex-detroit_pistons_ba.html


43 posted on 05/21/2014 8:29:53 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Pappy Smear

LOL!


44 posted on 05/21/2014 8:31:27 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: dfwgator

I predict one of the major pro sports leagues will have a homosexual appreciation day and all players will be forced to wear a rainbow (or some other representation) on their jerseys. But I wouldn’t be too shocked if the WNBA does it and gets publicity from networks that normally don’t cover the league.


45 posted on 05/21/2014 8:33:01 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Billthedrill

I recall when this was an issue on the LPGA.


46 posted on 05/21/2014 8:37:00 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Boy, is that a dumb, shortsighted business move. Now that this campaign has been declared, most other people will think twice before attending games for fear people might think they are into homosexual behaviors. Won’t it be just ducky when the entire audience will be a sight the rest of the population would rather not be part of. The silly owners are stigmatizing all those nice stadiums.


47 posted on 05/21/2014 8:41:13 PM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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Will they advertise then at the LPGA events?


48 posted on 05/21/2014 8:41:35 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The US slips further down the ladder to hell. Can you smell sulfur?


49 posted on 05/21/2014 8:43:12 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: icwhatudo

I was looking for a clever way to say it. lol Perfect.


50 posted on 05/21/2014 8:44:54 PM PDT by CommieCutter ("For an idea to be too simplistic, it must first be proven wrong" --Thomas Sowell)
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