The WNBA season is vastly approaching with the opening game just two and a half weeks away. They are coming off of their best season in regards to viewership and with momentum, in their favor, the WNBA is entering this season with a new multiyear deal with CBS to broadcast 40 games. As eyes are gravitating towards the WNBA, poet Truth B. Told, also known as Christopher Owens, is assisting in bringing more viewership.
The spoken-word artist bought out the upper level of Talking Stick Resort Arena for the season opener of the Phoenix Mercury. A nationally televised game against the up and coming Los Vegas Aces which equated to 7,000 tickets purchased for Owens.
A true fan of women’s sports and also a true believer in the Mercury, Owens purchased the tickets in hopes of assisting the team in selling out the arena for their season opener (via Jeff Metcalfe of AZ Central).
I first got into women’s sports with Tennessee and Connecticut (college basketball), and I’ve been hooked ever since,” he said. “I’ve never understood the disparity (vs. men’s basketball attendance), but the tide seems to be turning. I want Phoenix to give the Mercury the sellout they deserve.
What he’s doing is super dope but also great to see someone doing what they can to get more eyes on women’s basketball.
Despite having momentum in their favor, Lisa Border and the rest of the league face some battles entering the season. The WNBA is missing a lot of their biggest stars as the season nears. Names like Diana Taurasi, Angel McCoughtry, Skylar Diggins, and Liz Cambage just to name a few are all missing significant time. Maya Moore and Cappie Pondexter have announced their retirement. In addition, one of their biggest stars in Breanna Stewart is missing the entire season with an unfortunate achilles injury.
Despite these misfortunes, there’s still a lot to look forward to. With a significant amount of star power gone or missing time, it presents a huge opportunity for some new faces to take over and make a name for themselves.
There’s so much talent in the WNBA which has a lot to do with the leap that we’re seeing. Owens sees that which is why he’s trying to draw more support for the league.
Dope athletes are dope athletes regardless (of gender).
Anyone looking to attend this game can purchase tickets from Owens. He’s reselling the tickets at a discounted price ranging from two to five bucks. He’s also looking for sponsors to purchase tickets for girls basketball teams and their families. 15% of the proceeds will be donated to the School of HipHop PHX.