Would The WNBA Work In Columbus?
Let’s get the obvious out of the way. The NBA will never come to Columbus. The Cavs would probably have something to say about that (and to a lesser extent, the Pacers). So why not go for the next best thing, the WNBA? The Cavs should be receptive to that and probably would help in running a prospective franchise here.
Now before you double over in laughter, hear me out. Columbus has a history when it comes to Professional Women’s Basketball. The Columbus Quest of the ABL played here in Columbus from 1996-1998. The Quest was the league’s most successful franchise & won two championships. Over 6,000 showed up for the team’s deciding game in the 1998 ABL Championship.
The Ohio State Women’s Basketball Team also has a history of success, turning out great players like Katie Smith (who also played for the Quest) and currently, Kelsey Mitchell.
Let’s be honest. Columbus has a very diverse population and an audience looking for more than just Ohio State Football these days. I think the WNBA could carve out a fan base here. Plus, Nationwide Arena could use another tenant to fill in open dates outside of Blue Jackets hockey.
What do you think? Could Columbus support a WNBA team?