I really truly want the NWSL to grow and thrive. I think women's soccer can become a profitable enterprise if enough people are attracted to watching the sport. That said, sitting here watching the DVR of today's match there are a few things that will not help sell the sport.
1. Talking about the size of the rock some dude gave one of the players. Seriously, if you want this sport taken seriously, leave their "men" out of it. Most sports fans hate it when announcers talk about male ball players sig others, but usually, when it happens, it involves world famous level players and world famous level sig others. I still hate it, but the world famousoudness of the parties makes it...excusable to only a slight degree. Focusing precious air time on anything not promoting the sport or simply calling the game is a waste of air time and will do nothing to sell the game.
2. Pay attention to what you are watching. Morgan got that yellow for trying to yank that women's head off by the pony tail, not for flipping the ball over the end. That was a high drama moment, basically trivialized by the announcers inattention. It probably was worthy of a red and some commentary about that and Cone probably pulling her to protect her from a second yellow and ejection from this match and suspended for the next. Focus on the drama on the field, it was a critical moment, a world class player totally lost her cool, and hurt her team in the end. All of that drama happened, a huge storyline went unremarked upon. A huge miss for the NWSL on a national broadcast.
As a Thorns fan, I am unhappy about losing the 3 points, but it was a dramatic match, and the commentators failed to tell the story completely. NWSL can not afford to squander these opportunities.
As an added note, John Strong is a huge boost for NBCSports national broadcasts of the MLS, but somebody tell Kyle to embrace the atmosphere at Jeld Wen and not shake his head at it. Sell the sport and its traditions if you wanna remain viable and become world class.