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The future of female pro sports leagues

Posted by Trish18 on Feb 21, 2006 1:15:00 PM


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When the WNBA, or Women���s National Basketball Association, was created many critics said it would never last. But W.H. Stickney of the Houston Chronicle has a fascinating article on this successful female sports league which is about to celebrate its tenth anniversary.




Despite cynics who claimed there wasn���t much of an audience for professional female basketball the WNBA has seen a significant rise in ratings over the last three years. Attendance and bottom-line financials continue to be a problem���but this can also be said of nearly every other sports league besides the NFL.




Does the success of the WNBA mean that there is viability for other professional female sports league such as slo-pitch baseball and team soccer? Is it the financial and logistical support of the NBA that helped the WNBA succeed? And should other male professional sports leagues take the lead to create their female counterpart?




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