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Column: Give women’s sports a chance

 

Column: Give women\'s sports a chance Would you be stunned if Roger Goodell unexpectedly resigned from his post atop the National Football League?

Of course you would. And you wouldn’t be alone.

Weeks upon weeks upon weeks of coverage from ESPN, Sports Illustrated and other news outlets would follow.

Therefore, it was surprising when nobody talked about Laurel Richie, the president of one of America’s professional sports leagues, when she resigned just over two months ago.

Wait, no.

Surprising isn’t the right word. In this case, “surprising” probably ought to be replaced with “expected.”

Surprising isn’t the right word. In this case, “surprising” probably ought to be replaced with “expected.”

Richie was the president of the WNBA for over four years and stepped down unexpectedly in November. If you look it up, you’ll find that it was covered by all the major news outlets, but certainly not prominently.

That seems to be the tone in the world of American sports coverage when it comes to the WNBA, or really any women’s professional sport. “We’ll cover it because we have to.”

The WNBA has, unfortunately, become a running joke to a lot of people. It’s a pop culture symbol that sport fans equate to something that nobody cares about. […]

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