Monday, September 17, 2007
All summer long you saw the promos....The WNBA on ESPN, Basketball Is Beautiful (or whatever their 9th different slogan was), etc. etc. Then the Finals came and you got highlights on Sports Center and even more promos. Just like the AFL, you could easily tell that ESPN had just signed a new deal (8 years) to keep the WNBA on the network.
Fast forward to Sunday. Phoenix comes back from being down two games to one to shock the Shock in Game
seven five and wins their first WNBA title. Diana Taurasi, the poster girl for the league, had just helped the Arizona team win it all and newcomer Cappie Pondexter won the MVP!!! Ratings were up from last year's playoffs....things were looking good for ESPN's new deal.
Whoops. As AZ Sports Hub points out ESPN.com can't even figure out which teams are playing in the Final (item 8).
You see the team from Phoenix, you know the one that won the whole thing, are actually the Mercury. The team from Connecticut is the Sun. I know they are both hot and within our solar system, but one is a star and the other is a planet/element. They are two very different things Mr. King.
AZ Sports Hub also passed along that it was up for a good hour before anyone noticed the gaff on the main page of ESPN.com.
ESPN Gives No Love To The Champs (AZ Sports Hub)