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February 21, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Women’s sports: It’s not about gender — it’s about entertainment

Storm players celebrate with fans at Sea-Tac Airport after winning their second WNBA title in 2010. (DEAn RUTZ/ THE SEATTLE TIMES).

Some Seattleites are upset about local news outlets reporting this was the first national championship a Seattle team has won since the ’79 Sonics [“Hey Super Bowl sports writers, the Seattle Storm won two national titles,” Opinion, Feb. 10]. But the controversy doesn’t seem to be about sports, but about gender.

As an avid sports fan, I would agree with the coverage reporting about our few major championships. Yes, the Storm has captured two titles since the ’79 Sonics — but how much do they bring to the table? The Seahawks have united a city; the team has brought entertainment to a national level.

Sure, you can boil the lack of news coverage down to the Storm players being women. But, we’re talking about sports, an entertainment business. What isn’t memorable about big hits, million-dollar commercials and millions in jersey sales?

The WNBA does exhibit great sports moments, as well as provide a platform for women to play at a competitive and professional level. But it isn’t about gender — it is about entertainment. The NFL has mastered the entertainment business. The WNBA certainly has strengths, but it doesn’t have the strength of one multimillion dollar athlete crushing another — yet.

Brady Ballew, Seattle

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