Today is a sad day. Many of you never gave the WPS a chance, and find yourself sitting back saying “I told you so.”
Being a supporter of female club and college soccer, I wanted nothing more than a professional outlet for these hard-working, extremely talented ladies. For us supporters, it’s hard not to ask the question, why does women’s professional soccer keep failing? The answer is simple…PRIDE.
The most successful women’s professional sport is, without question, tennis. Women’s tennis is almost as popular as men’s tennis (at least there is a debate)! But, how did they get there? The main reason is women’s tennis piggy-backed men’s tennis until they became self-sustaining. Both men and women play in the same 4 majors, on the same courts, on the same weekend, and on the same channel. The TV rights are sold together.
The WPS refused to ride on the MLS’s coattails. They wanted their own stadiums, their own team names, their own everything. But women’s sports just can’t support themselves at this point in time. They need help from men’s sports, and that’s a tough pill to swallow. Heck, the WNBA only exists because they are subsidized by the NBA and share arenas/markets. Why not have the Los Angeles Lady Galaxy? They could play at Home Depot Center a few hours before the men’s team, and you could sell day-passes that allow fans to watch both.
Club, HS, and College soccer are played by more females than males. They deserve a professional league as well. I just hope someone learns from tennis and gives it another shot.