If You Love Basketball, Why Aren't You Going to WNBA Games?
It's one thing to know on a cerebral level that WNBA players still don't get the attention, pay, and respect they deserve. It's quite another to go to the Staples Center--knowing it would be packed to the gills for a Clippers or Lakers game--and see so many seats empty. That's what happened Tuesday night when I went with my family to see the Los Angeles Sparks whup the Tulsa Shock into submission.
The women go hard--my 8-year-old son remarked that they might even be playing more intensely than the guys do. If you love basketball, there is no place better to be than at a WNBA game. And, unlike the ridiculous prices on NBA tickets, you might actually be able to afford seeing a WNBA game. You can get great seats--seven rows off the court great--at Staples for $55 a ticket. But, the average attendance at a Sparks game is about 8,700 people. Meanwhile, a Laker game draws 18,997 people--the capacity of the Staples Center.
Why all those people will pay crazy dollars to see one and not the other baffles me because the Sparks are a world-class team. I saw the Sparks' Kristi Toliver do something that Rondo could not last night--hit a three-pointer under pressure at the buzzer to win the game by one. Want to see what Toliver's postgame show looked like?