December 2, 2008, - 4:10 pm

Shocking: Another WNBA Team Folds

By Debbie Schlussel
If a tree fell in a forest, but nobody was there to hear it, did it make a noise? What’s the sound of one hand clapping?
Both of these describe that Weird Nuisance Brought on America, that Waste of National Broadcast Airtime, that league that Will Net Bupkus Always . . . the WNBA.
I’d call it the Women’s National Basketball Association, but we’re not really sure they’re women. Only their chromosome test analyst and electrolysist know for sure.
I’ve been writing about the WNBA for years and finally got sick of even noting this non-entity propped up by the NBA for affirmative action reasons. One thing remains constant–no-one cares. No-one buys tickets, no-one goes to games when the tickets are given them for free, and no-one watches.
Maybe that’s why the Houston Coments are finito. Ya think?:

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WNBA President Donna Orender said the franchise that won the league’s first four championships is disbanding.
Orender said the league-owned Houston Comets would be shut down because new owners couldn’t be found. . . .
NBA Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, the original owner of the Comets, sold the team to Houston businessman Hilton Koch last year. The WNBA took over the Comets earlier this year and began a search for a new owner.

Yup, they can shove Title IX down people’s throats all they want, but American consumers ain’t buyin’.
And come January, lesbian pro basketball will lose a fan to the Department of Homeland Security.
Like I said, tree falling in empty forest.
New League Slogan: The WNBA . . . Man Up. Or is that, Woman Up? Hard to tell.
Some of my past WNBA coverage here, here, here, here, and here. More here. All of them still apply today, and I think you’ll appreciate the humor.

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9 Responses

Don’t be too hasty — maybe they won’t fold. After all, affirmative action is too crucial and important to fail. Maybe the WNBA owners will decide to go to Washington and get handouts like all the unsuccessful businesses, and all the mortgage buyers who decided to live beyond their means, and are now counting on the taxpayers to bail them out.

c f on December 2, 2008 at 4:34 pm

I don’t get it? Who doesn’t want to sit in an arena on a beautiful August day with fifteen other fans to watch, you know, womens basketball?

lowandslow on December 2, 2008 at 4:54 pm

I LOVE these WNBA commentaries. Your archived posts are priceless. Thanks for being the only one brave enough to write about the abject failure this project is and pointing out that we NBA fans all have to subsidize it. I didn’t realize that and now I’m steaming mad.

ObamaSlammaJamma on December 2, 2008 at 6:14 pm

Debbie, when I was in college I saw some girls passing out basketball team schedules so I walked over and greeted them and asked for one and they seemed excited and then I realized they were the women’s team handing out their own schedule and not the men’s one. They really should have warned people.

Anonymous1 on December 2, 2008 at 8:46 pm

They just need a bailout 😉

Azygos on December 2, 2008 at 9:23 pm

Maybe Stephan Marbury can help out his out of work sisters, since he is getting paid $250,000 a game not to play. But who said there is any common sense left in sports.
I hear women’s roller derby is making a comeback. Maybe a career change is in store for these ladies.

californiascreaming on December 2, 2008 at 9:54 pm

There’s nothing wrong with women’s sports. But not all women’s sports are created equal. The WNBA is an example of that axiom.

NormanF on December 3, 2008 at 12:12 am

I agree with Norman F. Women’s sports with attractive women in bikinis and greased down in suntan lotion are great. The one’s with women who look like men aren’t.

Fjones1976 on December 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Debbie:
You likely know that the largest beneficiaries of “preferences” are White women, like those in WNBA.
Likel many of the worst judges are from the same mold.
But – WOW – if you really knew how bad some Affirmative Action admitees to medical school were – many airhead women – you would not want to get sick.

Frank on December 6, 2008 at 2:45 pm

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