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Female pro-hockey players gripe about low salaries–um, who watches female pro hockey?

March 3, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Empty seats: Whom would you rather watch–these gals or Alex Ovechkin?

Here’s the question (a headline in Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter): “Will Female Pro-Hockey Players Ever Get What They’re Worth?”

And here’s the answer (from the text of the article itself, which is about the sad-sack salaries in the National Women’s Hockey League compared to what the guy pros of the National Hockey League earn):

“[A]s of December 27, the average attendance at an NWHL game was 900 people. In comparison, the NHL’s lowest average overall attendance this season belongs to the Carolina Hurricanes, with 14,258 (as of this writing).”

In other words, female pro-hockey players may well actually getting what they’re worth–which is zero. Who wants to watch women play hockey? In fact, I didn’t even know there was a National Women’s Hockey League until I found this article. I’d always assumed that the whole point of professional ice hockey was to watch handsome Russian and Canadian brutes shoving the puck and sometimes each other.

Read the whole thing here:

Posted by Charlotte Allen



From → Gender, Uncategorized

One Comment
  1. Lastango permalink

    FWIW, there is something worse: tax-dollar sports. That’s my own term for ginned-up sports that wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for government subsidy. This includes the likes of bobsled, luge, etc. (men and women alike), and women’s Olympic-level hockey. In the latter, a handful of teams float around the world playing against each other in their respective countries, at gotten-up tournaments, and every four years at the Olympics. Taxpayers foot the bill, willingly or not, while their governments and a complicit media spin gauzy genderist propaganda urging us all to take groundless pride in these Amazing! Women!

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