WUSA folds (Women's Pro Soccer )

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  1. ChrisMatson

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    After three seasons, the league has run out of money and was forced to end operations--just five days before the World Cup. I enjoy soccer, but I never got into the WUSA. I am sad to see it go. I believe that the league had a big influence for many young players around the world.

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/headlin...277350&cc=5901
     
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    I'm not much of a soccer fan but in general I keep up with sports. Between listening to ESPNradio almost daily, my subscription to The Sporting News magazine and reading sportingnews.com on a regular basis I hadn't even heard of the WUSA.
     
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    I am a huge soccer fan and have/had a WUSA franchise in my city but even I never got into it. I watched partial games on TV a couple of times over the past 3 years but I never got hooked.

    The discussions of the failure of this league will inevitably be focused around 2 issues, womens team sports don't work in America and soccer does not work in America.

    The first holds a small amount of water seeing as how the WNBA is also on life support right now, but the second issue is old and tired and really no longer true.

    In the end, the WUSA failed because of good old fashioned horrendous business decisions. In the press conference yesterday, the head guy even admitted to some of the egregious mistakes they made, none of which had to do with being womens sports or being soccer. I won't even go into the decision to spur working with MLS and the way they splintered the small soccer community in the US in their arrogance that they did not need MLS's support.

    The timing of the announcement was interesting coming just before the WWC. Since they are "suspending operations" and not officially shutting down till the spring, this may be a cry for help from the sponsorship community that may be paying more attention to the WWC.

    This league will fade into memory and in the end 350 people will need to find some work.

    Andy
     
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    WUSA is owned by my company and headquartered in my building. I've met and worked with (in the IT realm) Lynn Morgan, the president/CEO of the league as well as Tony DiCicco, the league commissioner. They're great people. I feel bad for them, they gave it a good try but the fact is soccer is never going to take off as a professional sport in the USA. Every 10 years you hear someone say "in 10 years the USA will be as crazy about soccer as the rest of the world is" and the same thing happens every time: it doesn't come true. Soccer is a very popular sport for kids to play, but it just isn't going to make it as a professional sport for adults to watch/attend like they do NFL/MLB/NHL/NASCAR/etc. That's just how it is in this country.
     
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    Yeesh, Blu, now that you mention it, I just checked ESPN's website, and they say that Game 3 of the WNBA Finals are tonight! The WNBA has really gone down the tubes.
     
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    I follow sports and watch ESPN quite a bit and haven't seen anything about MLS. How big could it be?

    When sports center starts showing MLS highlights I would consider it mainstream, until then it is a minor sport in the USA at best and will never achieve the acceptance that soccer has in other countries.
     
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    I agree.

    IN fact I just went to the yahoo sports site to do a little research and found out that THERE IS A SEASON GOING ON RIGHT NOW!

    Now that is a serious lack of coverage on par with the WNBA.

    It might not fold but it better have some real good sponsors.
     
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    I live between 2 teams and never had a clue they even existed.

    I would say as long as it is making money and putting fans in seats it will eventually get some coverage.
    It is hard to believe that it isn't on one of the baby Fox sportsnets though, especially since they do a ton of localized sports.
     
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    I think this has more to do with the "women's" aspect than the "soccer" aspect.

    It is simply reality that women's sports will always struggle.
     
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    Not all women's sports leagues suffer. Women's pro tennis is huge and in my opinion far more interesting to watch than the men. The LPGA is also very popular and growing.
     
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