Articles matching tag: WNBA

  1. Column: WNBA Still StrugglingJune 9, 2016

    The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) kicked off its 20th season on May 14 and depending on your point of view, it’s either on track to rival the success of its male counterpart or a league that’s still struggling for success and relevancy. In 1997, one year after the women’s Olympic team began a stretch of five straight gold medals and twenty-five years after the passage of Title IX, optimism ran high that the WNBA would be successful. And why not? It was underwritten by the NBA, played in first class arenas during the NBA’s “off season,” and included the greatest female basketball players in the world. League attendance in the first two seasons did nothing to dampen that enthusiasm, climbing from an average of 9,664 in its inaugural season to 10,864 in 1998.

  2. Column: Isiah Thomas ReturnsMay 18, 2015

    Two leagues, two different modes of operation. League A has imposed a four game ban – one-quarter of the season - on one of its premier players, a league icon and future Hall of Famer who has made more money for the league than virtually any other player in NFL history. That player has been a model citizen on and off the gridiron for 15 years. The player’s transgression was not ratting on other team employees who were messing with the game balls, a minor rule book violation punishable by a $25,000 fine. League B recently allowed one team to hire as its president and part owner a man who has failed miserably at every single basketball-related activity he has ever been associated with after winding up a Hall of Fame career as a player. This individual is responsible for running the Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Florida International University, Indiana Pacers and the Continental Basketball League into the ground while serving those organizations in various capacities including coach, general manager and president. And did I mention that while he was president of the Knicks, he was slapped with a sexual harassment suit brought by a team employee that resulted in an $11.6 million judgment?