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CarolinaGamecock99
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WNBA is unpopular because players aren’t “cute whites girls” according to player
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Even though we're female athletes playing at a high level, our worlds, you know, the soccer world and the basketball world are just totally different," Bird told CNN Sport's Don Riddell.

"And to be blunt it's the demographic of who's playing. Women's soccer players generally are cute little White girls while WNBA players, we are all shapes and sizes ... a lot of Black, gay, tall women ... there is maybe an intimidation factor and people are quick to judge it and put it down," added Bird.

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This country has a deep history of racism, and a deep history of homophobia," she wrote.

"And if you look at the players in the 'W' (WNBA) most of them are Black, and a lot of them are gay," comparing the support and media attention she and the US National Women's Team (USWNT) attracted for its 2019 World Cup victory with that for the WNBA.

"Where's that same energy for the best women's basketball players on the planet?? "Where's that energy for the women's sports that -- instead of scanning cute and white and straight -- scan tall and black and queer??"

Bird believes the problem does not lie in the marketing of the WNBA, more how society and the outside world is willing to embrace diversity, arguing that the "cute White girl next door" approach does not work for her league. "You have to be true to who you are and be authentic," she said.
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WestCoastAg
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re: WNBA is unpopular because players aren’t “cute whites girls” according to player
well....it would help


ProjectP2294
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re: WNBA is unpopular because players aren’t “cute whites girls” according to player
Would it though?


WestCoastAg
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re: WNBA is unpopular because players aren’t “cute whites girls” according to player
maybe it wouldnt hurt is the better take


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IIxxBREADxxII
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re: WNBA is unpopular because players aren’t “cute whites girls” according to player
Paige Bueckers will be there in 4 years.


lionward2014
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re: WNBA is unpopular because players aren’t “cute whites girls” according to player
I mean I only watch USWNT during the World Cup, but having Alex Morgan out there doesn’t hurt.


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re: WNBA is unpopular because players aren’t “cute whites girls” according to player
I still wouldn’t watch games, but I’d maybe follow the WNBA on Instagram. I don’t watch women’s sports in general.


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re: WNBA is unpopular because players aren’t “cute whites girls” according to player
Or, because the product is terrible


1BamaRTR
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re: WNBA is unpopular because players aren’t “cute whites girls” according to player
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US National Women's Team (USWNT) attracted for its 2019 World Cup victory with that for the WNBA.

It’s because they’re THE national team for women. They represent the country. There are also women soccer franchises which receive even less attention then the WNBA.

Even most NBA fans, many of which are progressive, don’t care to watch the WNBA.


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re: WNBA is unpopular because players aren’t “cute whites girls” according to player
Lol they’ll never accept their product is unwatchable


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re: WNBA is unpopular because players aren’t “cute whites girls” according to player
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... there is maybe an intimidation factor


Oh, get over yourself.

If WNBA players stopped dribbling the ball off their foot and looked as skilled as the soccer players maybe people would watch.


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Cregg
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re: WNBA is unpopular because players aren’t “cute whites girls” according to player
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It’s because they’re THE national team for women. They represent the country. There are also women soccer franchises which receive even less attention then the WNBA.


This. Nobody watches the WUSA either.


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Loungefly85
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re: WNBA is unpopular because players aren’t “cute whites girls” according to player
If it makes her feel better, women’s soccer is awful too and their figurehead is probably the most punchable bitch in the country.


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re: WNBA is unpopular because players aren’t “cute whites girls” according to player
She’s right. Rapinoe should lead the charge and give some of their profits/salary to the WNBA to make up for this injustice. It’s only fair
This post was edited on 10/18 at 4:16 pm


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LSUBoo
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re: WNBA is unpopular because players aren’t “cute whites girls” according to player
Women's National Team is not equal to a WNBA team.


However, she's not really wrong.


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diat150
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re: WNBA is unpopular because players aren’t “cute whites girls” according to player
Womens mma is the most watchable women’s sport and is well respected. Some of the women are pretty but many are ugly and gay but people still like and root for them.


jlovel7
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re: WNBA is unpopular because players aren’t “cute whites girls” according to player
I think a better comparison is women’s Olympic basketball compared to the women’s national team. How well is women’s Olympic basketball followed? People seem to follow the men’s team quite closely.


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WestCoastAg
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re: WNBA is unpopular because players aren’t “cute whites girls” according to player
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Womens mma is the most watchable women’s sport and is well respected
i thought tennis gets the most money and viewership


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