Why Women's Sports Get So Little Attention
You may not know that the WNBA finals begin this weekend. It's probably fair to say that if it were the NBA you would know.
More people pay attention to men's sports than women's sports, and one reason for that is inertia. Women are pretty new to big-time sports — and perhaps the media haven't caught up with them.
Also, there aren't that many women's team sports. Lots of people tune in to watch Serena Williams play tennis, and this summer, swimmer Katie Ledecky got a lot of attention — but they play individual sports.
Hear Frank Deford's take on other reasons why women's sports don't have the same kind of following as men's.
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Update on Oct. 1 We've also broadcast a correction. It's here.
Update on Oct. 2; a second correction In this conversation, it's said that the commissioner of the WNBA should "go to Las Vegas and try to get them to establish a betting line" on the league's games. That was a mistake. There is betting on WNBA games in Las Vegas, as well as on other women's sports.