Caitlin Clark Isn’t Facing Racism

We dumb down real racism when we use the concept incorrectly.

Jeffrey Kass
Equality Includes You

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Caitlin Clark dazzled the college basketball world, helping ABC and ESPN draw a combined peak of 24 million viewers for the national championship game between Iowa and South Carolina.

I was one of the viewers, though I hadn’t previously seen a women’s championship.

The audience topped the men’s basketball championship game, which drew only 14.82 million viewers. Never before had women’s basketball created so much interest.

Ticket prices to the women’s championship were actually more than the men’s.

Now with the WNBA Indiana Fever, Clark has helped the franchise break attendance records as well. In 2023, the Fever had 81,336 total spectators at home games. In a mere five games of the 2024 season, 82,857 have already attended.

For most of us, it’s exciting that women’s sports are gaining popularity and interest. We ought to be thankful Clark has helped moved the ball forward on that front, pardon the pun.

By all predictions, Clark was supposed to have an immediate, significant impact on the league beyond just ratings.

But reality has set in, and her stats have been disappointing, to say the least.

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Jeffrey Kass
Equality Includes You

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