As far as the soccer thing, I thought it was kind of going too far to put the score in the upper right hand corner, and just leave it there. Soccer is fine and has a global audience and people are drooling all over stupid Beckham, I get that. But the game was triple overtime. Triple overtime in any adult sport is notable.
I'm just saying - there are those, probably many
of those, who would say, "It's a fricking WNBA game? Who cares?" Note that I'm specifically not
saying that because I have enough trouble enduring the slings and arrows of people who think soccer is a sissy sport. But you
think triple overtime in any adult sport is notable and there are those who would say "It's only a bunch of (pejorative towards someone's sexual orientation), who cares?"
I'm all in favor of the WNBA. Just sayin' there's another side to what you're saying.
As for little league, they're children. If you had to stay in your garage until the next time a high school baseball game pre-empted the NBA, You'd turn into a naked mole rat.
Little League World Series ratings kick the WNBA's ass (and MLS' ass, for that matter). They may be children, but people watch. They'd put ferret racing on ESPN if it would make them money. Ours is not to judge the relative merits of one sport versus another. I find golf on television to be incredibly tedious, but I recognize there are lots of people who play it who like to watch and others who can't get enough of Tiger.
I guess it's not a capital case, because the league will fold in the end, but still, these ladies have been disrespected before and it kind of annoyed me.
They've done well to stick around for 11 years now. I don't know when "the end" is, but I don't think it's right around the corner.
And I think you're making too much of the "disrespect" thing. When you draw over 9,000 a game as a league and get good TV ratings and your players make lots of money and are instantly recognizable, you can gripe about not getting enough respect.
And announcers in most sports (especially niche sports) aren't up to snuff in the eyes and ears of most of the fans (else this forum wouldn't exist). It's a big talent pool, but there ain't a lot of talent in the pool, we always say.
Just another thing that diminishes the accomplishments of women and hypes men. And I'm a guy saying that.
Well there's that, but I'll give you the example of the 1999 Women's World Cup. Has there been anything like that going the other way that you can think of? How big was that
hype for about a month? And American women's soccer is held in higher regard by the general populace (especially that particular team) because it wins World Cups (admittedly in a much easier universe than the men live in).
Not to get into a big equality rant, because I'm all in favor of that and you're never going to change the attitudes of a lot of dinosaurs, but the free market decides a lot of this stuff.