Women Basketball Players
Espn announced on October 20, 2009 that the Shocks formally from Detroit decides to make a move to Tulsa, Oklahoma in hopes that the city will embrace the city’s only major sports team. The Shocks decided to move because despite winning 3 championships back to back in Detroit, they still can’t fill a stadium like their male counterparts the Detroit Pistons who have been on a losing streak for some years now.
In Mill’s “The Subjection of Women” he exposes the inequality between men and women in hopes of ending the stereotypes associated with each. In this case although the women and men play in the same arena, men’s basketball continues to thrive while the women’s team can’t fill seats. Why would anyone rather see a men basketball team over a women’s team? One possible reason is because men’s basketball is said to be more entertaining that women’s. No matter if their losing or winning they are supposed to entertain us more.
Also, it is statistically proven that annually more is spent on men’s sports than on women’s. Which means men’s sport is publicized more and even advertised more. I used to live in Detroit and while driving on the freeway going towards downtown you see a countless number of build boards with players from the Detroit Pistons and maybe one or two with Shocks players.
Was Mill right when he said female competition would result in the greater intellectual development of all? I don’t think his plan was successful in this instance. Women have come a long way for achieving equality, but they still aren’t equal. In something as simple as a sports team, you can still see a divide. Why aren’t women sports publicized like men’s? Why doesn’t a winning team sell more seats that a consectutively losing one? Because women still aren’t equal to their counterparts.
What are ways in which the WNBA can become more competitive with the NBA?