September 16, 2003


Women's Soccer Timeout (CS Monitor, 9/17/03)

Just as fans were getting used to the idea of women and professional sports for good, the Women's United Soccer Association has announced it is sidelining - for now - its eight professional teams after only three seasons. [...]

It's been a tough year for women's sports in general. First Title IX came under criticism from male coaches who felt their teams were getting short shrift. The Women's National Basketball Association stumbled over salary disputes. Then, Annika Sorenstam teed up with the guys on the PGA tour only to say she's going back to "where I belong."

Is this some kind of foreshadowing? Are women's sports doomed to a short-lived chapter?

There are two reassuring aspects of this story:

(1) Title IX is one of the most radical social experiments in our history, an explicit attempt to use the power of government and the almighty dollar to cripple men's sports and to turn women's sports into a central part of society. It has failed on an epic scale.

(2) No matter how far downhill the country's gone, we haven't reached the kind of nadir where folks will watch soccer. We still have some standards and a modicum of pride.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 16, 2003 7:33 PM

Yeah! But have you watched women's professional basketball. Talk about poetry in motion. It's an athletic ballet. They are goood!

Posted by: genecis at September 16, 2003 7:41 PM

Poetry? Ballet? How about being like a sport?

Posted by: oj at September 16, 2003 7:52 PM

The problem is the shirts

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at September 16, 2003 9:14 PM

Orrin: I was going to let your comment from the other day pass . . . but now you've raised my interest. What's your beef with soccer?

Posted by: John Resnick at September 16, 2003 11:58 PM

None of them can throw overhand.

Posted by: oj at September 17, 2003 12:07 AM

I guess that strikes bowling right off the list of conservative sports....

Rmember: you heard it on this blog first.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at September 17, 2003 7:20 AM

Reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw once:

I can't decide whether to commit suicide, or go bowling.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at September 17, 2003 8:03 AM

The part played in this by organizations like ESPN should not be overlooked: they are willing to throw away marketing dollars to promote women's sports. The NHL alwsy complains that hockey is hardly promoted at all, in comparison to the WNBA, etc. I think it was Jay Nordlinger who astutely noted that nowhere is a newspaper more mind-numbingly politically correct than its sports page.

Posted by: Paul Cella at September 17, 2003 8:52 AM

It was pretty funny to watch the lib/p.c.
sportscaster crowd wonder why revenue was
not picking up for the league. The truth
is that most decent boys high school teams
on a good day (and of course pumped up from
going up against chicks) would beat, tie or
at least give a very solid game to any of
those squads.

There are markets for...

NCAA mens basketball
NCAA football
Triple A (and sometimes AA) baseball
AHL Hockey

There no markets for third and fourth rate
play. The women are not as coordinated. They
can never seem to run as smoothly as men (It's
an anatomy thing).

Boosters of this womens sports always try to make
a virtue out of necessity by saying that the
game is less violent and therefore more "pure".
This is pure bunk.

What would be exciting is one or two brave women
to get fit, lift weights try out for a top flight
mens team and make it. It could happen and
would generate real interest.

Posted by: J.H. at September 17, 2003 9:31 AM


Other than when trying to inflict physical injury, a bowling ball is not thrown overhand. I read it somewhere.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at September 17, 2003 11:17 AM


Why watch soccer when you can watch paint dry instead?

Women's soccer would only be a success if they were to change the uni's.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at September 17, 2003 11:37 AM


your onto something regarding the UNI's.
Think about how this plays out in tennis and
beach volleyball.

Posted by: J.H. at September 17, 2003 1:01 PM