Skylar Diggins-Smith takes shot at ESPN, references LeBron James
Throughout the years, the WNBA has notably taken a back seat in terms of media coverage to the NBA that has become more glaring of reality.
In a wide-ranging piece written for Wealth Simple, Dallas Wings star point guard Skylar Diggins-Smith delve into that notion by taking a shot at the media’s preference to cover every aspect of other major sports associations before truly discussing the WNBA.
But you rarely see the WNBA on the “Worldwide Leader in Sports:” ESPN. You rarely see them talking about women’s sports in general, let alone highlights of the WNBA games. Yes, LeBron is one of the best athletes in the world, but they’ll go into everything that he ate before they show a highlight of a WNBA game.
There may not be the same type of media attention to the WNBA, but the league does feature plenty of talented players like Diggins-Smith such as Diana Taurasi, Elena Delle-Donne, Candace Parker, Liz Cambage, Brittney Griner, Maya Moore, and Sylvia Fowles. The league has continued to grow in popularity over the last few years, but it hasn’t reached the point to where it can vie seriously with the likes of other male sports aside from the NBA like the MLB and NFL.
This piece by Diggins-Smith does bring more attention to this current state of the lack of media attention to the product on the floor that the WNBA puts on a nightly basis with some extremely talented players. There is still a long way to go before that can be reached, but if more players come out in this fashion it could begin to push things further in the right direction and finally generate the coverage and revenue that is needed to pay their players with much more feasible salaries for the profession.
It is certainly work in progress, but Diggins-Smith comments are a step toward garnering more attention being paid toward the WNBA.