""So what can the WNBL do? Well, kind of nothing. It cant ride the coat tails of the NBL because the NBL isn't exactly massive anyway, and the NBL is not directly linked to the WNBL. It can't dominate the basketball market as netball does in netball. I think the best WNBL can really hope for is to exist, remain sustainable, and keep pumping out future Opals. They could make concerted efforts to be more interactive with the young girls playing the sport, and do school clinics, but outside of that, they're going to struggle - as womens sports generally do - to have girls actually care about it, outside of the ideologues who will hijack those sports to make a point. ""
wow Food For Thought, you probably need to think a bit more before you open your mouth mate....have you ever been to the school clinics, the development days, dont see any NBL players there thats for sure, its the WNBL players, the SEABL players and guess what its the women who do it NOT the men, you and your attitude is all thats wrong here.
If women's sport got the exposure that mens sport did it would attract the sponsors that would then enable the financial aspects to come into play, but it doesn't and why, because of stupid men like yourself who think only about mens sport. Do you have any idea how much a woman has to sacrifice to play their chosen sport, not just basketball but any sport.
But as this is about basketball lets start with that shall we. Up until 2 years ago if a woman fell pregnant she had to give up thats sport with no pay, not maternity leave no nothing, their husband on the other hand would be able to continue doing just what he loved, whilst awaiting the birth of that child...now I can hear you say, thats what women do, but reverse that for one second, would you think that would have been ok had it been a man who had to stop playing. thats just one example. Women get paid peanuts compared to male athletes, tennis being the exception for prize money but even that can and does differentiate. So most women athletes also work, even if its part time, if married they run households and all that entails, and if by chance they return after children they would no doubt have that job too.
So dont come all high and mighty and say it needs women to be more interactive', it needs men to pull their heads from between their legs and actually respect the fact that these are not just women they are athletes. It needs media to do do the same, this stereo typical attitude that women's sport is an inferior product is disgraceful and everything that is wrong with the inequality of sport.
As a male , I prefer women's basketball to mens, its a thinking game, same as tennis its not just a grunt and slug fest, women's soccer is huge overseas, the only thing that hinders women in sport is mens attitudes like yours.