Delle-Donne

                            The WNBA deserves more popularity 

When the NBA approved the creation of a new professional basketball league for women (WNBA) in 1996, a lot of hype & excitement was made from it, because the women could finally have a pro league of their own. The league started with eight teams, four in the eastern conference & four in the western conference. Players such as; Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoops, Rebecca Lobo, & Cynthia Cooper led the leagues early popularity. The Houston Comets & LA Sparks dominated the league early on the Comets winning the first four championships of the leagues existence, while the Sparks won back to back in 01 & 02. After the leagues first few glory years many people started to lose interest in the league. Over the years the WNBA only averages around 7,000 fans per game, compared to over 17,000 for the NBA. Many teams folded in the league because of lack of attendance/financial problems including the four time champs Houston Comets, Charlotte Sting, Sacramento Monarchs & many more. Magic Johnson had to step in & buy one of the leagues most storied franchises the LA Sparks so they wouldn’t fold. The NBA has to financially support the league, because they lose money/revenue every single season. The rookie minimum for WNBA players is only $35,000 per season, the average player in the league makes around $72,000 while the most any WNBA player has ever made in a season was only $100,000. The NBA minimum salary is way higher at almost $500,000 per season, while the average NBA player makes over 5 million dollars a year, most WNBA players won’t make that their whole careers. With the pay being so low most WNBA players have to go play in other countries for a more respectable salary. There is only one millionaire in the WNBA “Candace Parker” mainly because of her lucrative deals with Gatorade & Adidas. The players don’t receive the respect that they should, the average person probably couldn’t name ten players in the whole twelve team league. Any true basketball fan should enjoy watching the WNBA, these women are just as talented as most men. Just because they might not dunk or do the fancy crossovers shouldn’t take anything away from them, They haven’t even had their own video game yet. The league has many great/entertaining players such as; Candace Parker, Maya Moore, Skylar Diggins, Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi, Angel Mccoughtry, Seimone Augustus & many more. The Minnesota Lynx are currently the most dominate team in the league winning multiple championships. Sky Digg, Candace Parker, Maya Moore, & Elene Delle Donne are the most marketable & recognizable players. The WNBA is shown a few times a week on ESPN 2 & NBA TV, i would encourage any passionate basketball fan to watch, because they deserve our support just as much. The WNBA is a fascinating & fun league to watch!; They deserve much more support & appreciation!. 

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