Assignment on Women Professional Sports
In professional sport, gains have not come as easily. Women have continually struggled to develop more professional opportunities for female athletes to pursue after college. For example, the National Fastpitch Association (NFA) announced a new professional fastpitch softball league in 1992.
The market has been primed for a women’s fastpitch league with women’s collegiate fastpitch programs producing over 20,000 players in the past 10years and continuing to generate over 2,400 players annually. In 1994, the NFA established two teams that played exhibition games in the western region of the United States. By 1995, the NFA hopes to have two conferences comprised of five to eight teams in full operation. However, competition for players has been created for the NFA due to efforts to develop professional women’s baseball.
The Colorado Silver Bullets, comprised of 20 of the nation’s top female ballplayers, has been officially recognized by the National Association of ProfessionalBaseball Leagues and has become an affiliate member of the independent Northern League. Elite softball players were invited to open tryouts which began on December 18, 1993, with a total of 45 athletes chosen for the first season. The Colorado Silver Bullets represented a groundbreaking opportunity for female athletes to play ball in the big leagues.
Their schedule included over 30 exhibition games against professional minor league teams of Major League Baseball. All of this was possible through sponsorship byte Coors Brewing Company. Competition for elite female ballplayers may have been a problem in the past. However, the growth in women’s collegiate fastpitch programs has continued to generate over 2,400 players annually. Previously, there were no professional avenues for these athletes to pursue.
Therefore, a great deal of media attention was generated by the first-ever women’s professional baseball team and has created the impetus behind a new approach to professional fastpitch softball. A more direct reflection of the success of the Silver Bullets baseball team is the newly formed Women’s Major-league Baseball (WMLB). The new organization is being established to promote athletics for women.