Posted at 1:00 PM Mar 04, 2009By Andrea Grimes
Attitudes like this--from apparent sports fans, nonetheless--will make it hard enough to launch Women's Professional Soccer, a new pro league that hopes not to suffer the same fate as the Women's United Soccer Association, which died a swift death in three seasons. But then there's also this teeny tiny recession thing going on, where even big pro leagues and teams are suffering. Today's Washington Post article about the WPS' struggles kicks off (YSWIDT?) the discussion:
"If you look at the marketplace -- for everyone, not just the women's league -- it is really strained right now," said David Carter, who runs the University of Southern California's Sports Business Institute. "It's incredibly unfortunate [for WPS] because it looks as though they have corrected their business model, and you just hope they can take it for a credible spin. It's just bad timing."Obviously this economy is more than terrible and unpredictable, but the WPS biz model sounds pretty reasonable: players have six-month contracts and work other soccer-related jobs for the other half of the year. Smaller venues are being booked and conservative spending might mean more longevity. What, you mean throwing tons of money at something that may not be profitable isn't a good idea? Gosh, where did we learn that recently ... hrm.