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Geez, I've heard more about the WUSA in the past 48 hours than in the past four YEARS. I got news for the media - the number of little girls whose dreams of playing professional women's soccer were dashed is VASTLY less than the attempted perception drummed up by the amount of coverage they're devoting to it.

If the WUSA was so great, PEOPLE WOULD BUY TICKETS TO IT.

Isn't this a no brainer?



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.29
    Originally posted by CRZ
    Geez, I've heard more about the WUSA in the past 48 hours than in the past four YEARS.

And that was their problem in a microcosm.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.37
So what are all the girls who saw "Bend it Like Beckham", going to do?



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The only reason this league ever got started in the first place was due to the overblown hype that the Women's World Cup received.

I like how the league blames corporations. Er, they don't sponsor these things just for the sake of having women's soccer. Soccer on its own is pretty useless to society. What gives anything like this value is its entertainment aspect. If it entertains people, it has value. And if it is drawing people, it has value to corporations, who can advertise through sponsorship. This didn't draw people to games, nor did it bring people to the TV sets. Thus it is worthless to corporations. That's why the league failed.

I'm not sure why they expected corporations to throw money away on a league that doesn't draw.



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    Originally posted by ges7184
    The only reason this league ever got started in the first place was due to the overblown hype that the Women's World Cup received.


Agreed, the media made such a big deal about Brandy Chastain's "strip act" it made me vomit. Did young girls everywhere feel empowered by that? Did a whole generation of females burn their bra's? Well, that's the way it was treated. I mean if thats social revolution or the youth rebellion in the early 21st century...well gosh kiddo, I had some Jim Beam last night.

If someone could expalin the symbolism to me, I'm all ears, soon to be all laughter.



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To all of you who put down the "overblown" Womans World Cup, I ask, did you watch any games? Or did you just see the "striptease" on Sportscenter?

The womans world cup was about 5 times better than the mens version, better games, more excitement, more drama, and not a lot of "star players" diving and grabbing thier ankles every time a defender stole the ball, trying to get a penalty.

The sponsorship money was improving, but the debt incurred in the first three years was irrecoverable.



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Of course we have to remember that we're talking about soccer in the United States, which is like talking about baseball and Great Britain or common sense with France. Nobody really cares too much about too much about soccer here.

I did, in fact watch the World Cup final. It was boring and, yes, overblown. This does not diminsih the fact that I was cheering on the US to beat Red China however.



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    Originally posted by Nag
    Agreed, the media made such a big deal about Brandy Chastain's "strip act" it made me vomit. Did young girls everywhere feel empowered by that? Did a whole generation of females burn their bra's? Well, that's the way it was treated. I mean if thats social revolution or the youth rebellion in the early 21st century...well gosh kiddo, I had some Jim Beam last night.

    If someone could expalin the symbolism to me, I'm all ears, soon to be all laughter.

Well Lita seemed inspired by Brandy Chestain on Monday when she pulled a "Chestian" by removing her top off for victory









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I, and freinds of mine, sat cheering for the US team in that World Cup final like we were watching the Packers in the Super Bowl. It was a wonderful event, with a concentrated group of very talented players, and they were representing the country. It was fun and exciting.

That said, the prospect of pro women's soccer never appealed to me. I enjoy the local Illinois women's csoccer team, it's just on the pro level, the excitement just isn't there.

I have come to enjoy Premier League soccer, which I couldn't say just a couple of years ago. British soccer is just so more skilled and exciting than other leagues.

Soccer will continue to be enjoyed by young folk as a participatory activity, but still has a long way to go to capture a young audience distracted by "Extreme Games" OR an older audience that, basically, couldn't care less....




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HA HA HA!!! What's next, the WNBA? I don't have anything against woman, oh god no, and I don't think that women don't have a place in the sports world. But I think it's funny that these people think they have a success on their hands and finally got through, then poof, all gone. Ala, good ol' Vinnie Mac.



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The game of Soccer, or football, whichever you call it, is a hit or miss thing. You either REALLY like it, or you dont. The world cup that year was fantastic! When you can put 80-100,000 in the Rose Bowl, you have a good product. THe problem is, without the patriotic aspect of it, nobody really wants to sit through something they consider boring.
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Incidentally:

Renewed push begins to keep WUSA afloat
By WENDY PARKER
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer

Washington -- Might the Atlanta Beat go on?

Anguished letters from broken-hearted young girls pledging $5 and lemonade stand fundraisers weren't the only reactions this week to the demise of the Women's United Soccer Association.

Corporate sponsors previously unresponsive to Atlanta-based WUSA now apparently are willing to consider keeping alive a professional women's league in some form, and as early as next year. The league name may also stay the same, as would the eight teams, including the Beat.

The WUSA decided on Monday to suspend operations after three seasons, citing an inability to sign up enough corporate support to erase a $20 million deficit.

"The difference is that people are now saying, 'Oh, Jesus, it's going to close,' " said Philadelphia attorney John Langel, who represents the WUSA Players Association. Langel is steering an impromptu committee, scheduled to meet next week, made up of WUSA team and league officials, women's soccer figures and women's sports activists, including tennis legend Billie Jean King.

The committee also includes Women's Sports Foundation president Donna Lopiano; former WUSA commissioner and ex-U.S. women's coach Tony DiCicco; and two WUSA general managers, Joe Cummings of Boston and Marlene Bjornsrud of San Jose. Ilana Kloss, CEO and president of the World Team Tennis tour founded by King, also will serve.

"People value the product and the idea of having a professional league for women," Langel said. "We are buoyed by the responses we got."

Langel said a number of possibilities for resurrecting the league have been discussed. They include playing a shortened season; a summer-long barnstorming tour in WUSA and other cities; and a "Founders Cup IV," named after the WUSA's title game, in which the teams would play tournament-style and crown a champion.

Langel said that since the WUSA's announcement, "a number of unsolicited calls" have come in, primarily from corporations in the financial services and apparel and shoe manufacturing industries. He wouldn't identify the potential new investors or the two present investors he also said would like to stay on board should the league be revived.

Attempts were unsuccessful to contact corporate officials of Cox Enterprises Inc., who were investors in the Beat. Cox, which provided the WUSA its headquarters the past two seasons, is the parent company of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Cox Communications, investors in the WUSA's San Diego Spirit.

The WUSA lost $100 million, nearly two-thirds of it in the first season in 2001. The league then went into an extreme budget-cutting mode that included 25 percent player salary cuts this year.

The WUSA is in the process of turning over the league trademark and logo and those of its eight teams to the newly formed committee, according to Dan Courtemanche, the WUSA's vice president for communications and business development.

Friday was the last day on the job for most WUSA and individual team employees.

"If it is to be revived, we want to have everything wrapped up and do what we can to help," Courtemanche said Friday.

Langel said the committee ideally would like to reach a decision on whether to recreate the WUSA "within the next couple of months. I don't think it's going to hurt to see what we can do."





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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00
Of course, it's not like the WUSA was the ONLY professional women's league in the United States.

USL W-League, anyone?



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