Will there be a WNBA in the future? If the WNBA is lost how will this impact women’s sports? Can women save the WNBA? The WNBA has been in existence for 20 years, how can we make sure there are another 20 years of women’s professional basketball. James Dolan has announced that the WNBA team New York Liberty is for sale. Dolan is one of the last original owners of a WNBA from the initial season. San Antonio has sold their team to buyers who will bring the team to Las Vegas. Th

Most of the WNBA teams are losing money, most of the revenue from the WNBA comes from television deals that were packaged with the deal for the NBA. The WNBA has seen a decrease in attendance on average, I believe this is the main reason Dolan has decided to sell the Liberty. People will be mad at his decision, but this is business, if people want the Liberty to stay they will need to attend games. I reside in New York and I have not heard much disappointment in Dolan decision to sell the Liberty maybe because some fans hope he sells the Knicks but that’s another story. Personally, I used to be a fan of women’s basketball, my favorite player was Dawn Staley. The fact that only time I would be able to see the women play was during the Olympics made the WNBA intriguing to me. Unfortunately, I must admit I have never been to a WNBA game and I seldom watch the games on TV. I believe the growing popularity of the NBA has hurt the WNBA a little, the WNBA games are played during the offseason of the NBA but with the increasing popularity of the NBA summer league and now Ice Cube’s Big 3 league basketball junkies have other places to watch the game.

For the WNBA to survive viewership must increase, to increase viewership WNBA must have more interaction with the NBA. For example, the WNBA should play their all-star game right before the NBA All-Star game. The same day same arena. Allow the WNBA season to spill into the NBA preseason. Right before the WNBA game you can have the NBA team practice in front of the fans, scrimmage or play a preseason game. Allow discount for NBA tickets if some has brought a WNBA ticket, for example, if you bought a ticket for a game against the Sparks you get a discounted ticket for the game against the Lakers.

I am not sure what or if anything can help the survival of the WNBA, but I am afraid its failure may have a negative impact on the future of women’s sports. This may require women who are not sports lovers to support just because these are women and allow these little girls that dream of playing in the WNBA to continue to dream.