The WNBA has less support from the public than women’s soccer because society doesn’t perceive women basketball player’s as favorably as women soccer players, according to Seattle Storm player Sue Bird.
During an interview with CNN on Saturday, Bird said that many soccer players tend to be “cute little white girls,” instead of tall, black, and gay like in women’s basketball, an argument recently made by her girlfriend, soccer star Megan Rapinoe. Bird, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, also suggested that the WNBA can’t simply replicate the marketing formula for professional women’s soccer.
“The problem is how society and how the outside world is willing to accept the cute girl next door, but not willing to accept or embrace or not judge these basketball players, who are tall, black, gay. That’s kind of, to me, where the issue is,” said Bird.
Bird was asked about the sport’s perception in light of a recent article by Rapinoe, who argued that