This is from the women's pro league web site (prosoftball.com)
>From Central Park to Sydney......
Don't you mean...penthouse to outhouse...Penthouse might work for this
> DENVER, Colo. (October 14, 1999) -- Y2K is less than 100 days away and despite some dire
>predictions, the new year cant arrive fast enough
>for the Womens Pro Softball League (WPSL).
READ: We're desperate for money and only the Team USA can save us from
>With womens athletics on
>WPSL expectations are soaring for 2000, both an Olympic
>year and the projected season of emergence for womens professional
Wasn't this predicted in 1996 as well? And the pro league cancelled the '96
>As defending Olympic Champion at the 2000 Sydney Games, the
>United States womens softball team will carry the momentum next
READ: The pro league won't.
>In preparation for its defense of the title, Team USA will tour the
>country playing the four WPSL teams several times from May to
Nothing else to do, I guess.
>Specific dates of the multi-city, nationwide tour will be
>announced at a later date.
READ: We don't have any real solid plans for the future.
>Billed as the tour ...From Central Park to Sydney...
Curb your dog.
>it is intended both to showcase the talents of, and acquaint American fans with, the WPSL
Ooops, I guess the last four or five years of WPSL (formerly WPF) didn't
>the USA Team (which will become officially the Olympic team next August),
>as well as fully prepare
>the National Team for its most important encounter.
Those motel room encounters are a really ***ic experience, I hear
>This is not the first crossover between the WPSL and the USA National team, as many members of the
>Olympic squad have indicated they will resume a professional career with the WPSL following the
Name a few. I'd like to see that list of "many."
>Two of the 15 players on the USA Team, Crystl Bustos and Michelle
>Venturella, were selected from the WPSL.
Bustos can't help but play pro ball. She's dumb as a rock.
>Many consider Bustos to be the future star of the team.
Could be. We shall see.
>The Womens Pro Softball League recently
>completed its third season buoyed by record television ratings for the
Let's see....half share to three quarters...
>During the spring and summer, ESPN2 viewership for the WPSL
>often eclipsed Arena Football and the National Hockey League games.
Something to brag about!!! Notice the words, "ESPN2 viewership." Arena
football GOOD games and NHL GOOD games were on ESPN or not on at all.
>This past season, nine WPSL games were aired on ESPN2, each of
>which was re-aired.
Ah, propaganda at its finest. All games ran on replay several days after
they were played. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
>"Our reception from viewers, especially among males 18-34, was very
>encouraging," said John Carroll, Commissioner of the Womens Pro Softball
Men ages 18-34 love to watch ***s get it on.
>NBCs Olympic coverage will include every womens softball
>game, according to an announcement made by NBC President and CEO
>Dick Ebersol. This is a sport truly on the move.
Is NBC going to try that four-cable-channel thing again? Say it ain't so!
Perhaps women's softball will be broadcast live? That would put it around 2
or 3 a.m. here in the states...perfect time slot...
>During the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, womens softball was propelled into
>the American consciousness.
Yep. The previous 30 years or so didn't count.
>the energy and talent of softball stars like
The 2000 poster child at what will be 39 years of age....
>not only garnered the Gold Medal it provided a spark for
>womens team sports interest in general.
No it didn't. Softball has been ignored on the National level ever since.
Women's Major crumbled and the only thing left to see was the pro league,
which no one sees, because no one cares, especially in the Southeast, one
of the armpits of women's ball (there are many).
>In the four years since Atlanta,
>successful womens team sports programs like womens softball, soccer
>and ice hockey have blossomed. Not since Billie Jean King beat Bobby
>Riggs have so many people been as e***d about womens sports.
There goes the WPSL again, trying to ride coattails of other sports and I
really really hate it when Faggy Riggs is brought into the discussion. Next
thing you know we'll be talking about that woman-vs.-horse-jockey boxing
>WPSL will preserve a traditional season in 2000, though modified to
>permit games with Team USA.
>Despite fewer League games next year,
Despite fewer TEAMS and NO SPONSORS next year,
>the player salary cap ($160,000 per team) and coaches compensation
>will be maintained.
ASA's contribution, no doubt....and just because the cap is $160 grand
doesn't mean the team is paying that much....I would say the typical WPSL
books top out at maybe 50 grand each team....and that was back when the
league had six piddly-ass teams instead of the current, maybe, sort of
>In addition, all games will require three umpires for the
Excuse me while I blow my nose, take a***and open another beer now...
>Another ambitious plan for the WPSL is the development of
>National Training Centers at team locations in Akron, Ohio and a city to
>be named in Florida.
Ambitious to be sure. Akron will heat the tryout process by burning used
tires. And don't you love it when the league says "a city to be named"
>Clinics, exhibitions and player tryouts for the entire
>League will be central activities for these centers, expected to be among
>the finest softball facilities in the country.
Rush right out and buy your plane tickets.
The league certainly won't pay for them.
>Four teams ~ two based in Akron and two in the Florida city ~ will play a
>schedule from May to September, in addition to the multi-city tour with the
>USA National Team.
A schedule chipped in stone.
>Olympic Stars to Move Into WPSL Following Sydney
Can I stop laughing yet?
>rarely have the opportunity to continue in their chosen sports after the
>medal ceremonies end.
Can I PLEASE stop laughing yet?
>With a firm commitment well into the next
Yeah, all the way to Jan. 1, 2000
>the WPSL will offer 2000 Olympic stars a professional future
>unavailable to many female athletes.
FREE *** WITH EVERY PURCHASE of $5,000 or more! You guys ages 18-34 have
your credit cards ready!!!
>"Our goals center on showcasing the finest athletes in the country and our
>Olympians will be near the top of any list," adds Carroll. "We will offer the
>opportunity for these players to continue to display their talents after the
>Games and we want to ensure that the stars of the Olympic teams have a
>viable professional league to step into following Sydney. The WPSL is
>working hand-in-hand with USA Softball on integrated marketing
>programs and competition schedules involving the USA Team and the
>WPSL. We are already discussing plans for a series of games between
>the WPSL and the USA National Team in 2001."
Let's examine the above quote: "our goals," "Olympians near the top of the
list," "We will offer the opportunity," "want to ensure that the
stars...have a viable professional league...." "The WPSL is (feeding off
You get the idea
>The WPSL looks forward to a bright future in 2000 and beyond.
No, the WPSL PRAYS that Team USA comes home with Gold Medals.
>With a top
>Olympic Team, a young and growing audience, plus a burgeoning talent
>pool, womens softball has a promising success path. And the WPSL is
>leading the way.
I see no evidence at all of the preceding two sentences.