Doug Gottlieb: Saying UConn Women Are Bad For Game Was A PR Play

The Connecticut women’s basketball team has won 75 straight games, won four straight national titles and made the Final Four every year since 2007. This year, the Huskies notched another undefeated season, winning every NCAA Tournament game by 30+ points.

That’s a great accomplishment, sure, but was it actually enjoyable?

Doug Gottlieb is skeptical.

“I just don’t think it’s fun,” Gottlieb said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “How could that possibly by fun to beat everybody in the tournament by 30 or more points and have 25 wins by 40 or more points? That just doesn’t strike me as fun. I don’t think anybody would sign up for that in men’s basketball.”

Opponents sure don’t like Connecticut’s dominance. One must wonder whether the networks do, either. Ratings for Connecticut’s 82-51 win over Syracuse were solid, but some of that may have been artificial.

“I think they did really well in the ratings last night, but I think they did well in the ratings last night because they got this message of dominance out there,” Gottlieb said. “I think the whole thing was a PR play. I really do. ‘Oh, it’s bad for women’s basketball.’ I think that’s the best thing ever. Otherwise, why the hell would you talk about women basketball? You wouldn’t. It’s a little bit like hockey, where, obviously it’s a smaller fan base than hockey, but people who are hockey fans are hockey fans and nobody else really wants to talk about hockey. Same thing with women’s basketball. People that are women’s basketball fans are women’s basketball fans, but there’s no mainstream advantage that just happens upon the women’s game.”

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