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« Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 853 -- The Ring Of Fire. | WILLisms.com | Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 855 -- Bankruptcy Rates. »

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 854 -- The WNBA.

Disproportionately High Coverage Relative To Actual Attendance-

The WNBA is subsidized and loses money:

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...the NBA owns and subsidizes 6 of the 13 WNBA franchises, and the WNBA teams lose between $1.5 million and $2 million per year.

And yet, some argue that there is anti-female gender discrimination in terms of televised coverage of the WNBA. The numbers, however, speak for themselves.

The WNBA is the butt of so many late night talk show jokes for a reason. Meanwhile, there are women's sports very much worth watching, but they are still a bit niche for general audiences in mass media markets. Maybe icons of female-friendly mass media could throw a little love toward these sports.

Christina Hoff Sommers makes just this point:

The latest USC report is silent about the near-total absence of sports in women’s media. The limited coverage consists mainly of human-interest stories about women athletes. By the logic of the USC authors, shows such as “The View” and “Oprah” should be offering sports highlights and scrolling tickers with scores. Magazines such as Vogue, Allure, Cosmopolitan, and Better Homes and Gardens should be bursting with stories about draft picks, photographs of awesome plays, and up-to-date information about fantasy teams and brackets.

Indeed.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: The Ring Of Fire.

Posted by Will Franklin · 19 August 2010 09:44 AM

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