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PostPosted: 05/13/20 6:57 am    ::: Philadelphia needs its own WNBA team Reply Reply with quote

https://www.nbcsports.com/philadelphia/tags/wnba

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Right now, the WNBA has 12 teams, which allows for just 144 roster spots. With sports viewership and fandom booming around the world thanks to the internet and social media, this is the ideal time to put more of the league's product in front of potential fans.

And Philadelphia, a city that goes crazy for its sports teams and loves basketball something fierce, needs to be at the top of any expansion list.



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PostPosted: 05/13/20 7:40 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Here’s the real link.
https://www.nbcsports.com/philadelphia/tags/wnba

You can tell when a fan is a writing an article like this by the “needs a team” for a certain city.

What is needed is viable owners who want a team, regardless of the location.



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PostPosted: 05/13/20 8:47 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

If Philly fans love basketball so much, why don't they go to women's college games right now? Or have a major girls' high school or club event?



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PostPosted: 05/13/20 8:52 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Clearly the author is wishing for something without much substance. I have a list of ten cities that should have a team(includes four former cities). But without new owners willing to lose money in the beginning and deal with a mediocre team, expansion just isn't there. And now with the pandemic and the nation heading into a great depression (likely), there's even less of a chance for expansion. Remember the so called Toronto bid making the rounds this time last year? They've been very quiet since the new year. Let's just hope the league doesn't see contraction due to the upcoming financial downfall.

My 10 cities that should have a WNBA franchise :
1. Houston
2. Portland
3. San Francisco
4. Nashville
5. Toronto
6. Cleveland
7. Sacramento
8. Columbia, SC
9. Des Moines
10. Philadelphia



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PostPosted: 05/13/20 9:55 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I read this opinion piece/article recently after the Sonics were mentioned in the latest installment of the Jordan documentary. It raises the possibility of the NBA choosing to actually expand as a result of the coronavirus in order to ease financial burden on its current teams. Anyone think the author has a point? If so, who knows if the idea could even remotely apply to WNBA franchises. I can't make heads or tails of any of it at this time - I'm trying (but failing) to not think about sports in a vacuum these days. Laughing

toad455 wrote:
My 10 cities that should have a WNBA franchise :
1. Houston
2. Portland
3. San Francisco
4. Nashville
5. Toronto
6. Cleveland
7. Sacramento
8. Columbia, SC
9. Des Moines
10. Philadelphia


No Detroit on your list, toad?! Interesting to see you have Philly below Columbia and Des Moines, which are two small markets in comparison. If W players didn't like being in Tulsa or Connecticut, I'm guessing they wouldn't think highly of being in a city like Des Moines either. Razz

Maybe someday we'll have 16 teams again (hopefully much more collectively stable than the last time we had 'em), if the League can stay afloat whenever the hell this pandemic ends.



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PostPosted: 05/13/20 10:13 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It's a pipe dream list. Just listed both Des Moines and Columbia as they are women's college bball hotbeds. As for Detroit, the Shock only got support when they were winning and frequently inflated their attendance numbers greatly. I don't see the league returning there anytime soon. The league should be lucky to get to 16 teams by their 30th anniversary. I was hoping for 16 by their 25th year, but that's not happening now.



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