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Make Women’s Sports Easy To Watch and People Will Watch Them

It happened to me: I went to a sports bar and asked them to change the channel away from a women’s sporting event. I know! A betrayal of the movement and everything it stands for — but, I think, for a good cause. I was trying to watch the WNBA…

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The WNBA and the Paradox Of The ‘Progressive’ Sports League

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. Is the WNBA progressive? The league has created a “new…

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What Makes A WNBA Star?

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. When it comes to the question of individual starpower, the…

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The W.N.B.A. Is Finally Changing Its Tune On Expansion

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. For the first time in over a decade, the W.N.B.A. is making a…

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Oh Please, The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue isn’t “Empowering” Women Athletes

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated announced one spread in its 2022 swimsuit issue…

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The NWSL is Offering the WNBA a Model for Expansion and Investment

“The environment is there, the business community is showing up, the fans are showing up, the players are excited and engaged,” NWSL commissioner Jessica Berman said at the espnW Summit in New York this week when asked about league expansion. “The time is now.” Compare that to what WNBA commissioner…

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How Do You Solve A Problem Like W.N.B.A. Scheduling?

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. We’re coming up on the first games of the season for the United…

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Becky Hammon’s Career And The Futility Of Firsts

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. The first stop I made during a recent trip to…

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Candace Parker as the First Woman Cover Athlete for NBA 2K: A Review

Today, I finally saw a Twitter trending topic that didn’t make me want to barf. In fact, it made me smile a huge WNBA fan smile: Chicago Sky superstar Candace Parker was announced as a cover athlete for NBA 2K22, the first woman to have that honor.  How good is…

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My First Live WNBA Game: A Review

Not too long ago, I had only a vague awareness of the WNBA. I played basketball as a kid and young teen, but didn’t stick with it much past my freshman year of high school (topping out around 5′ 5″ had something to do with it). So, in the late…

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Warming Up Every Day with Cozy Grove and WNBA Games

I’ve talked about my morning routine on various podcasts, especially Channel F. Every work day, I get up, feed my pets, get breakfast and coffee ready, and sit down with my “warmup” game for the day, while I check email and slack and get my tasks sorted for the day…

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The Thinking Fan’s Guide To The WNBA’s Growing Pains

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. If your inbox looks anything like mine (and here’s hoping it does not,…

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The Case for WNBA Expansion

The WNBA is celebrating its 25th season this year — a milestone plenty of naysayers never thought it would reach. When the league opened its first season in 1997 it had just eight teams. Today it has 12, for a maximum of 144 roster spots within the world’s premier women’s basketball league. Major…

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The Connecticut Sun are Honoring Indigenous Culture Without Caricaturing It

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. Since sports were first organized in the U.S., athletes have…

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Kelly Loeffler’s WNBA Ownership Stake Undermines Everything The League Says It’s About

This year, the WNBA said all the right things.  As the 2020 bubble season was being organized (an effort that preserved the league’s PR momentum through the COVID-19 pandemic but put workers’ lives at risk), Minneapolis police murdered George Floyd on video. In response, the WNBA’s players — who often…

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Sue Wicks, the First Out WNBA Player, on the Activism of the League

There are few things more complicated than the way women athletes challenge conventional gender norms, and few aspects of conventional gender norms more fraught than sexuality. One of the stereotypes that was instantly attached to the WNBA (and one that persists to this day) is that all its players are…

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