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The Fair Inequality of Sports

December 9, 2010

It seems to me people forget that although men and women are equal they are still very different. Men are better at some things and women are better at others, and men are better at basketball than women. And I know some of you out there are thinking “well, Candace Parker could beat 99% of the boys at this school at basketball”, which is a valid point, but I’m talking about the best men basketball players vs. the best women players.  The men’s team would always, always win out.

Also, we have to remember that the NBA, WNBA, and any other sports teams is just a conglomerate of individual businesses (the teams), whose main goal is to make money. They make money by getting the public out to the arena to see the games, which they do by winning games, which they accomplish by bringing together a superior, and talented team. Now, yes, both the NBA and WNBA should be able to bring people to the seats by this theory, but when two products are in competition the consumer will always pick the most valuable one.

Furthermore, basketball isn’t a game about scoring, its about the way people score. In most sports a goal, a touchdown, or a run is enough to excite the crowd because in most sports there is very little scoring, but in the NBA and WNBA scoring is very, very frequent. So the game of basketball evolve into a sport that derives its excitement from the way people score, not when. NBA games are full of dunks, alley-oops, blocks, and reverse-layups, while the WNBA is full of jump shots and layups.

Here’s some WNBA highlights (don’t bore yourself with the whole video)

And now the NBA (It takes about a minute to get to the plays, so just skip ahead (I know your times valuable))

Obviously the public would choose the NBA over the WNBA. Sorry, but the WNBA is an inferior product compared to the NBA. And, sorry, but anyone that says otherwise is full of “it”. Come on, even the WNBA itself admits it by giving the girls smaller balls and a three-point line that’s closer to the rim. Personally, I’m tired of being looked at, by a female friend, like I made some ridiculous, sexist statement when I say things like “guys are better at basketball and football”, which is true right? Girls are better at cheerleading and gymnastics then guys right?  And it’s impossible to call me sexist because I believe this. I just happen to believe that all sports league should be open to both sexes and the best athletes in the world, no matter what sex, get to compete in them. People who really believe men and women’s sports are equal, are basically advocating the segregation “separate but equal” policy, but referring to sex instead of race.

Now, anyone who thinks from a capitalist viewpoint would have no choice but to agree with me. The NBA is better than the WNBA. The stats show it, the different ball size shows it, and the different three-point length shows it. But most importantly the consumers show it. The WNBA is struggling just to stay in business while the NBA is thriving. Why is this? Because the people had a choice to choose between the two leagues and they chose to support the NBA. And in a capitalist society the most valuable, and best product always wins out.

4 Comments
  1. Jen Bizzotto permalink
    December 9, 2010 2:59 PM

    “Sorry, but the WNBA is an inferior product compared to the NBA.”

    Though it is true that females are on average 59% as strong as males—simple fact—it is completely unfounded to extend assumptions of inferiority over an entire sport. Though men’s sports are irrefutably the more popular of the two genders’, popularity has been time-proven as nothing if not an inaccurate gauge of worth. Dedicated athleticism, at the end of the day, is dedicated athleticism. Men’s basketball may be more “exciting”, there may be more points scored in a given game, but the dedication and training that women put in is the same. You call that inferior?

    Additionally, a friend of mine on the U of M women’s basketball team spent a decent amount of time explaining to me how strategized women’s basketball is. Though at an obvious physical disadvantage, basketball as a women’s sport has evolved around what women can do equally—strategize: plan: cooperate. As my friend said, there is so much more thinking happening on the women’s court.

    Finally, women being “better” at cheerleading and gymnastics? I imagine the Premier All-Stars, one group among many, would beg to differ (or at least give you a run for your money):

  2. Eric Tellem permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:17 PM

    I completely agree with this article. Sports are meant to be a competition, and there is not even a question between the WNBA and the NBA. The NBA is more exciting, more talent oriented and simply better in everyway. This may sound harsh, but it is the truth. Remember “the WNBA is struggling just to stay in business while the NBA is thriving.” And I sadly don’t see this changing.

  3. Jenbiz permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:40 PM

    “Sorry, but the WNBA is an inferior product compared to the NBA.”

    Though it is true that females are on average 59% as strong as males–simple fact–it is completely unfounded to extend assumptions of inferiority over an entire sport. Though men’s sports are irrefutably the more popular of the two genders’, popularity has been time-proven as nothing if not an inaccurate gauge of worth. Dedicated athleticism, at the end of the day, is dedicated athleticism. Men’s basketball may be more “exciting”?, there may be more points scored in a given game, but the dedication and training that women put in is the same. Perhaps additional physical conditioning is required, to overcome these natural inequalities. You call that inferior?

    Additionally, a friend of mine on the U of M women’s basketball team spent a decent amount of time explaining to me how strategized women’s basketball is. Though at an obvious physical disadvantage, basketball as a women’s sport has evolved around what women can do equally–strategize: plan: cooperate. As my friend said, there is so much more thinking happening on the women’s court.

    Finally, women being “better” at cheerleading and gymnastics? I imagine the Premier All-Stars, one group among many, would beg to differ.

  4. December 9, 2010 11:48 PM

    I disagree with the idea that men are better than women at all sports. Men and Women are compete in certain leagues where this is allowed to happen and they do fine. NASCAR has recently allowed women to race and in the next few years, there will be more female drivers coming into the Nationwide series. Danica Patrick has raced around the world and is improving rapidly. If given the stage, women have the ability to compete with men, they just need the opportunity

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