- 03/25/2011, 07:14PM ET
We3Kings said 03/25, 07:14 PM
I'm gonna start off by saying that a bunch of guys will say that the wnba is not worthy, not good enough and make negative comments like that. Please don't bring your negativity on this thread. I don't understand why the wnba season is so short? How come it is half of the mens season? How come there are large gaps between games?i dont understand why the season is so much shorter. I believe this is sexist and is a way of saying that men are in better shape than girls. Yes men are physically stronger than girls and we just need to deal with that but just because men are stronger and taller does that make them better athletes or in better shape? NO! although the pace of the NBA game us faster than the wnba and individual stats are higher women can play just ad well or better than men. Over the last 100 years women have broken down tons of gender barriers. This had always disappointed me and feels like a setback. This clarifies the stereotype boys are better at sports than girls which isn't true!!!!
baby jeebus said 03/26, 12:19 PM
I'm going to be honest with you - I know nothing about the WNBA. I don't know any teams, I don't know a single player, I've never seen a game on TV.
I also couldn't find the data I wanted on the internet, so my argument is based on speculation.
My guess as to why the WNBA season is shorter is for financial reasons.
It costs a lot to transport a team, pay for hotels, meals, arena expenses, etc. and the league doesn't have enough revenue to pay for a longer season.
If the demand was there, I'm sure they would play more games. But there isn't enough money from tickets, TV, and sponsorship for it to make financial sense.
It has nothing to do with female athletes being able to handle a longer season - I have no doubt that they can. And it has nothing to do with 'keeping the woman down' by proving male athletes are better.
I'm not going to bother arguing about stuff like why men are better athletes or why men's sports are more popular, etc...
The reality is way more people pay money to watch NBA than WNBA.
That accounts for the difference in number of games.
We3Kings said 03/26, 04:40 PM
Why would you pay less money to see the best womens basketball players on earth than the mens? I can't deny that the womens game is less popular than the mens and attendance is lower but... If the wnba wants to generate more revenue they need to raise ticket prices and then with added revenue they would have more money to extended the season, advertise and promote the league. Even though average attendance last year was 7,234 per game and it's not even half of a capacity crowd if they raised ticket prices to the NBA ticket prices that could be an additional 5 or 7 thousand dollars per game. If the ticket prices went up they would have more money to make the season longer, higher salary cap and more advertising.if they did that they would have the financial backing for a longer season.
baby jeebus said 03/26, 09:23 PM
"Why would you pay less money to see the best womens basketball players on earth than the mens?"
I wouldn't pay money to see either. I watch the NBA playoffs on TV, that's it.
If you're asking why society in general pays more attention to men's sports than women's, (specifically for basketball) my answer would be: because the talent level is higher, it's more competitive, there's more at stake, and people find it more exciting.
As for raising ticket prices in the WNBA:
Only if there's an overwhelming demand for tickets is it a good idea to increase the price.
Increasing the prices for a luke-warm event will likely decrease the amount of tickets sold.
Who knows, it's worth a try I guess. But that's beside the point.
I thought the original argument was: why is the WNBA season shorter than the NBA.
I said the reason is due to financial restrictions.
I'm sure there are plenty of things the WNBA could do to increase revenue and make the sport more popular. I'm not disagreeing with that.
I disagree that the WNBA season is shorter because of sexism.
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