This bit of news may have slipped past you this weekend but the WNBA tips off their season today. Not sure what season this is for the WNBA but feels like they don't market themselves very well. Particularly, they don't market their stars very well. There are names in the WNBA that could be household names and drive ratings up. Not sure how they do that but I'm sure there are people who went to college for Marketing or something that could figure that out. There's a spot in our society for women's sports to be successful in the United States if marketed correctly. Ronda Rousey was the biggest star in the UFC for a stretch of time. The US Women's Soccer team always gets publicity. Charlotte Flair is on the cusp of being a huge cultural icon. The WNBA needs to do a better job of getting eyes on their stars.
A new sports season starting means I have to give out some locks that I've spent 5 minutes researching:
Eastern Conference: Washington Mystics
Western Conference: Minnesota Lynx
WNBA Champions: Washington Mystics
May as well finish the Three Count off today with some NBA talk after two straight WNBA hits. Saw this tweet yesterday and found it pretty interesting. If you don't want to go to the link, it's a prediction analysis FiveThirtyEight put out for the NBA Championship. As it stands right now, their models have the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA Finals 80% of the time. EIGHTY PERCENT!!!!
That's unreal. Granted the Warriors are loaded and definitely look like the team to beat but 80% is an outrageously how number for a team who still has to win two more series. What I found almost more surprising though was that their model had the San Antonio Spurs' percentage twice as high as the Cavs. They had San Antonio at 10% and Cleveland at only 5%. Odd.
The Spurs would have to play the Warriors and then likely the Cavs to win the title. Cleveland would have the much easier path with Washington/Boston first (it'll be Washington) and the the Warriors. That seems like a much easier path. And they have LeBron James, which I think should means something. Anyways, interesting predictions to look at heading into the Conference Finals.