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PostPosted: 04/11/24 7:44 am    ::: Huge Surge of Support for Women's basketball Reply Reply with quote

Are there any ways for the W to capitalize on the surge in popularity of women's college basketball?
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PostPosted: 04/11/24 8:16 am    ::: Re: Huge Surge of Support for Women's basketball Reply Reply with quote

hyperetic wrote:
Are there any ways for the W to capitalize on the surge in popularity of women's college basketball?


If there are it's a safe bet that the W will fumble them like they always do



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PostPosted: 04/11/24 9:33 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Need more roster spots and teams


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PostPosted: 04/11/24 7:58 pm    ::: Re: Huge Surge of Support for Women's basketball Reply Reply with quote

hyperetic wrote:
Are there any ways for the W to capitalize on the surge in popularity of women's college basketball?


BETTER coverage.



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PostPosted: 04/12/24 12:29 pm    ::: Re: Huge Surge of Support for Women's basketball Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:


If there are it's a safe bet that the W will fumble them like they always do


That seems to be the prevailing S.O.P. from other WCBB season spikes in popularity. I'm hoping with the current leadership, things can be different. I cross my fingers and my toes.
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PostPosted: 04/12/24 12:31 pm    ::: Re: Huge Surge of Support for Women's basketball Reply Reply with quote

boogiezen wrote:
hyperetic wrote:
Are there any ways for the W to capitalize on the surge in popularity of women's college basketball?


BETTER coverage.


What would you consider better coverage? Are we talking broadcast network, social media, print media, what?
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PostPosted: 04/12/24 1:27 pm    ::: Re: Huge Surge of Support for Women's basketball Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
hyperetic wrote:
Are there any ways for the W to capitalize on the surge in popularity of women's college basketball?


If there are it's a safe bet that the W will fumble them like they always do

It's a positive start that they've got Indiana on national TV a load of times in Clark's rookie season. That's a basic thing that they've screwed up (or ESPN has) so many times with stars coming out of college. Counting the ION games makes the numbers they're shouting from the rooftops a bit exaggerated, but there are a bunch on ESPN/ABC and NBA TV too.

Next step, another basic one: Have a warehouse full of 'Clark' Fever jerseys for people to buy starting on Monday night from the second she's drafted.



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PostPosted: 04/12/24 1:49 pm    ::: Re: Huge Surge of Support for Women's basketball Reply Reply with quote

Richyyy wrote:
pilight wrote:
hyperetic wrote:
Are there any ways for the W to capitalize on the surge in popularity of women's college basketball?


If there are it's a safe bet that the W will fumble them like they always do

It's a positive start that they've got Indiana on national TV a load of times in Clark's rookie season. That's a basic thing that they've screwed up (or ESPN has) so many times with stars coming out of college. Counting the ION games makes the numbers they're shouting from the rooftops a bit exaggerated, but there are a bunch on ESPN/ABC and NBA TV too.

Next step, another basic one: Have a warehouse full of 'Clark' Fever jerseys for people to buy starting on Monday night from the second she's drafted.


I know people like to discredit Ion because it’s kind of a budget channel but the numbers were on par of not better than most ESPN games. I’d like to know what the true engagement with the broadcasts are but I’m looking forward to the pre and post shows.

But I guess you are right since their “national” game is often really a regional pick up.

I’d say the biggest thing needs to be a better broadcast. A lot of the regional broadcasts that places like Ion and Amazon simulcast are embarrassingly bad. It’s hard to get excited about a “national” game when you’re hamstrung by the poor quality local Indy broadcast.


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PostPosted: 04/12/24 6:02 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The league and networks better hope Clark comes close to living up to the hype. It's not a given that she's an instant star.



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PostPosted: 04/12/24 6:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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The league and networks better hope Clark comes close to living up to the hype. It's not a given that she's an instant star.

As long as people tune in for a bit that can work as well, though. Basically "Look! This player you all thought was the second coming isn't as good as a bunch of players we already have! Maybe pay some attention to them as well while you're here."



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PostPosted: 04/12/24 8:19 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Richyyy wrote:
ClayK wrote:
The league and networks better hope Clark comes close to living up to the hype. It's not a given that she's an instant star.

As long as people tune in for a bit that can work as well, though. Basically "Look! This player you all thought was the second coming isn't as good as a bunch of players we already have! Maybe pay some attention to them as well while you're here."

That presupposes that all of the people who are following Caitlin Clark to the WNBA are doing so because they actually like women's basketball. I wouldn't be too quick to assume that.



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PostPosted: 04/13/24 1:08 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

LeBron James credits ‘icons’ like Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese, Paige Bueckers for women’s college basketball popularity

The have a photo with that article that shows listed 6'0" Clark and listed 6'3" Reese right next to each other. Unfortunately Clark is bending her legs to some extent, but Reese looks big next to her. Or maybe she makes Clark look small.


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PostPosted: 04/13/24 8:23 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I’ve been impressed with WNBA leadership. It seems to have been a good move to get a business person. The game has steadily grown, and hopefully this draft class helps explode it.

They need to do more than just market Clark too. Angel has done more than anyone wants to talk about. She’s got the most social media followers and engagements. And she’s been the most visible the past few days promoting herself. She seems to understand where her money is going to come from better than the rest of the players - but definitely don’t lose momentum with her either.



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PostPosted: 04/13/24 9:43 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ClayK wrote:
The league and networks better hope Clark comes close to living up to the hype. It's not a given that she's an instant star.


Let her shoot whatever she wants. Isn't that why people are excited to see her play? I need Sides just to give her the green light. Let her shoot and be a playmaker. Don't confine her.



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