Is Caitlin Clark popular because she's white?

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This is the question asked by the L.A. Times in lengthy piece.

Caitlin Clark draws millions of viewers to WNBA games. Is it because she's white?

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Women's basketball has never seen anything like Caitlin Clark, the sweet-shooting rookie guard for the WNBA's Indiana Fever. She's Taylor Swift with a jump shot, Mia Hamm in a singlet; a figure so transcendent she is changing her profession.
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More than 55,000 people showed up to watch her play a practice game last fall and her final college game drew 24 million TV viewers this spring. That's 3 1/2 times larger than the audience for Serena Williams' final tennis match.
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Nike signed her to the most lucrative sponsorship deal in women's basketball history, a $28-million agreement that includes a signature shoe. Michael Jordan's first deal with Nike was worth less than a tenth of that.
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But Clark, who will lead the Fever against the Sparks on Friday at Crypto.com Arena, also stands out for who she's not. In a league in which approximately 70% of the players are Black, nearly a third identify as LGBTQ and most come from urban environments, Clark is white, straight and from Iowa.
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"Cailtin fits a very comfortable narrative for a lot of people in the United States," she said. "She comes from the heartland. She's an amazing talent. She's also a white, straight woman, right?
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For veteran players who have struggled for years with low pay, commercial travel and little media coverage, the attention and riches showered on Clark, who has played only three professional games, has fueled some bitterness. For them, there is more than just basketball at play and their issue isn't with Clark, but rather the hype machine that has beatified her.
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They don't see it as marketable, so it doesn't matter how hard I work. It doesn't matter what we all do as Black women, we're still going to be swept underneath the rug. That's why it boils my blood when people say it's not about race because it is."

Asked about Wilson's comments, Clark chose to deflect the criticism and talk instead about the big picture.

"There's opportunities for every single player in women's basketball," she said.
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It hasn't stopped many from wondering why talented, charismatic women such as Brittney Griner, Candace Parker and Maya Moore didn't get the same media attention when they took the league by storm.
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In the meantime, Clark, the league's poster girl, is being burned by the intense glare of a spotlight she never wanted. All she ever wanted to do was play basketball yet now, like Taylor Swift, she finds herself at the center of political conversations she didn't start, but ones that are long overdue.
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Well hells bells I thought diversity was a good thing.
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Maybe it's because people are simply tired of seeing one victim class after another everywhere you look.

And you know, Caitlin's just, normal.
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I think it has more to do with the fact that she doesn't put off resting ***** face vibes and does not yet have the woah is me victimhood mentality
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She was the most prolific women's college basketball player ever. She's got some curiosity around her.

What I find funny is that she's probably the only reason any eyes are being drawn to the WNBA, and those black chicks *hate* her for it.
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She seems like a likeable and wholesome person who is easy on the eyes vs a hood rat with two inch eye lashes who thinks they're a gangster and butchers the English language. 'Nuff said.

Take the win WNBA. This is just about the best shot you're going to get that your league ever becomes profitable. In reality, people will lose interest in another month or two and it will be back to status quo.
Kentucky Jeff
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Summary- Move aside, whitey!
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such as Brittney Griner

Kraft Punk
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She's not popular at all

She's being force fed by the msm bc there is an agenda to boost women's basketball & she's what they think we want


No one gives any more of a **** about her than they do the dude w a dong from baylor that got locked up in russia
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As usual, liberals worry about race when there are other factors much more important to the discussion.

She broke the NCAA points record and was the darling of the women's Final Four, etc.

But to racists like democrats, it HAS to be because she's white.
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Yes, a white person being extremely prolific in a black persons sport is going to draw some interest.

It's not racist to admit it and there's nothing wrong with it.
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charismatic women such as Brittney Griner
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We are in the past of the cycle where the media tears down the person they promoted to a pedestal. Very predictable
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A conversation that is long overdue? On what planet has that author been living?
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In a league in which approximately 70% of the players are Black, nearly a third identify as LGBTQ and most come from urban environments, Clark is white, straight and from Iowa.
Yep. She's the two-headed calf of the women's basketball world and quite a curiosity, indeed.
Being in TexAgs jail changes a man……..no, not really
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Taylor swift wouldn't be marketable either if she were a dike.
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Newsflash. There are still far more white people than black in the US that purchase Nike Products. There are far more straight people than gay people that purchase Nike products. Brittney Griener is heinous and sounds like a man. That's not marketable
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Now do Tiger Woods
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"…Brittney Griener is heinous and sounds like a man."

That's because she is a man.
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Kraft Punk said:

She's not popular at all

She's being force fed by the msm bc there is an agenda to boost women's basketball & she's what they think we want


No one gives any more of a **** about her than they do the dude w a dong from baylor that got locked up in russia


Iowa's attendance records and secondary market ticket costs would make your initial take wildly inaccurate. She is popular and did create a following and interest from a lot of people who did not have prior interest in women's basketball, college or pro.

Now your 2nd take is somewhat accurate. She is being forced on us by the msm, but it's not only an agenda to boost basketball, but much more traditionally simple...so those same entities can exploit her for their own financial gain through viewers and advertising dollars.

That said her 15 minutes are quickly coming to an end and while she'll probably provide a boost to visiting arenas and fever home games this season, it won't last much longer. Once the Olympics begin then football hits, nobody will remember or care.
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I don't understand the resentment from these nay Sayers. Doesn't matter the skin color. If she can help the league and the sport then that's an all-around good thing. Take tiger woods. Let's be honest before him golf was long riding the coattails of jack. Then comes along this young guy that doesn't look like the stereotype known in the golf world and changed the game and league forver and for better. The players then and today owe tiger for the hype he brought to the sport in the 21st century
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I can't take anyone seriously if they capitalize "black". It's a ****ing adjective.
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This country is ******ed.
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Funky Winkerbean said:

This country is ******ed.


Exhibit A.
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She's the college goat and a prolific individual scorer that has slayed some dragons in the tournament. Her game is actually fun to watch.

Her marketing paints her as a good midwestern girl. The urban lgbt crowd has had decades to support the sport, and they clearly don't care enough. So yes, race may be in play, but it is one of many factors that a larger subset of the country that was previously underserved by the wnba identifies with.
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LOL. Women eating their own because of jealousy. A story as old as time. Instead of embracing some new found popularity, they have to tear down the new superstar.

Also LOL at the race angle. Great job injecting it yet again race baiters.
fc2112
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Seriously, diversity matters. And as the first ever heterosexual WNBA player, I applaud her courage.
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AgBQ-00 said:

I think it has more to do with the fact that she doesn't put off resting ***** face vibes and does not yet have the woah is me victimhood mentality
Agreed. It's not that they are black female lesbians, it's also that they are hideously ugly ones, who hate America and aren't real good at basketball anyway. I couldn't name a single player other than this Caitlin gal. Same holds true for women's golf but I'll occasionally stop flipping on one of their tournaments on the weekend for a few minutes.

They really probably should consider something radical, like shortening the games to 20 minutes and just having them at the halftime of NBA games or something. But the hoop's probably the wrong size.
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rgag12 said:

Yes, a white person being extremely prolific in a black persons sport is going to draw some interest.

It's not racist to admit it and there's nothing wrong with it.


Kind of like the big to do about a black President, black Governor, black mayor of southern city, black head coach (wish we ran government like football- you don't win, don't care what color you are- you out of here- and like a historically black school hiring a white guy- cause he wins games) and black brain surgeon ( who didn't follow democrat victim rules).
We can turn on TV now and see for ourselves who produces and who wins and how they win. We no longer need journalists to write about the game- hell, we see more than they do. Writers know this, so they just stir crap up instead of giving us the who what and where.
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Is Tiger Woods popular because he's Blasian?
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1) She's a not just hype. She's a true generational talent and they are not. Of course people gravitate to the biggest names in a sport and yeah it doesn't hurt she's a little more marketable to a wider audience, welcome to Econ 101

2) Where are all the women fans (of any sexual persuasion)? They supposedly crave representation and inclusion….so where are all the women supporting women? No instead you expect male sports fans to buy your tickets and merch but there's never any accounting for the women who refuse to support women's basketball

3) they're just jealous haters
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The wnba has made a strategic mistake....

In am effort to grow the sport, they attached their wagons to their only fans, lgbtq/socially radical groups. They abandoned the middle. We'll, they did more than abandon the middle, they actively pushed the middle/right away, canceled those who didn't comply with their group think.

Now, the biggest star since sliced bread doesn't fit their pre determined, pre fabricated hero profile and they're going to struggle to expand their leagues fandom because of such incompetency.

Then MLS has done the same. Whenever you go to an austin fc game and get plastered with pride flags, trans flags, antifa flags, it really makes a "normal" person wonder why one should be there.
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1) She's a not just hype. She's a true generational talent and they are not. Of course people gravitate to the biggest names in a sport and yeah it doesn't hurt she's a little more marketable to a wider audience, welcome to Econ 101

2) Where are all the women fans (of any sexual persuasion)? They supposedly crave representation and inclusion….so where are all the women supporting women? No instead you expect male sports fans to buy your tickets and merch but there's never any accounting for the women who refuse to support women's basketball

3) they're just jealous haters
Agree here.....

Caitlin, play for a decade and then go make lots of babies with an NBA player.
 
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