It’s NCAA Women’s College World Series Time!

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If you haven’t been watching the action from the NCAA Women’s College World Series you’re missing out. Here’s some of what you’re missing…

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UCLA’s Kylee Perez gets LSU’s Aliyah Andrews out. Unfortunately, the Tigers would ultimately send my Bruins home packing with a 2-1 win. via Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

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Florida Gators celebrate their first round routing of Texas A&M. The Gators won 8-0. via Rob Ferguson, USA Today Sports

 

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Washington’s Sis Bates watches her hit sail off into the sky in the team’s 3-1 victory against Oregon. via Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman.

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Oklahoma’s Paige Parker fires one across home plate. OU beat Baylor 6-3 on June 1. via Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Tune into ESPN for live action tonight until June 7th.

How can softball afford a million dollar player?

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Last week the National Pro Fastpitch’s (NPF) Houston-area Scrap Yard Dawgs signed one of the world’s best softball players, Monica Abbott, to a $1,000,000.00 contract.  (I like the look of all the zeroes and wanted you to count them, so I refused to spell it out.)  The NPF expansion team and Abbott signed what is believed to be one of the largest contracts ever paid by an American franchise to a professional female athlete.  When you sit and think about it, it’s a pretty big deal.  This contract didn’t come in more popular sports like basketball or soccer.  It comes in softball; a sport that was taken out of the Olympics after the 2008 games in Beijing.  This contract is being paid to an athlete who’s probably more popular in Japan than she is in the United States.  This contract comes in a league where players on average make $5,000 to $6,000 per season. And this contract comes in a league that most Americans didn’t even know existed.  It’s an incredible contract for an incredible player, and should be celebrated as such.  But as I started talking to people about Abbott’s whopping contract, I noticed that a few common questions started to arise: Who is she and is she really that good?  Can softball really afford to pay her that much?  Why can’t WNBA players make that much?  Can other leagues make this sort of thing happen?  These are all very…very valid questions. If you had the same or similar ones, keep reading because you gon’ learn something today.   Continue reading