Nov. 17, 2006 – CHICAGO, IL — (November 17, 2006) — This highly anticipated game, touted as the “basketball game of the century,” has captured the excitement and drama of what could happen if for the first time in history the NBA and WNBA went head to head for the championship ring. Jessie Jamie Coleman, author, screenwriter and freelance writer, proves in her latest tale, “The Boston Blue,” that sometimes you have to go for the gold despite the odds.
“This is the game I’ve always wanted to see and the story I am most proud of,” says Coleman, who confesses to not being a sports fanatic.
With the beginning of the 2006 season for the NBA and the struggle of the WNBA to stay afloat today, Coleman felt it was time to turn up the heat and really make the sport of basketball even more appealing to an already faithful audience.
It was the year 1999 during the Lakers’ reign and Jordan’s second retirement when Coleman first envisioned her sports drama. “It bothered me that women’s basketball did not receive the same attention as men, and I decided to do something about it. From there, The Boston Blue was born and for eight years, my sports tale lived only inside my computer until I resolved to publish it,” says Coleman.
Since the conception of “The Boston Blue,” the author, has surveyed some of the biggest sport lovers she knows, her coworkers at the law firm where she works. She was outraged that the consensus was the same. Men are just not interested in seeing women play basketball. Her findings were so aggravating that she made plans to purchase 2007 season tickets to all of the Chicago Sky of the WNBA games and even invited eleven of her friends to join her in her support of the WNBA and for all women’s sports worldwide.
Women’s basketball has not gotten the recognition that it so rightly deserves due to most people’s preconceptions and not having had the opportunity to see many games on TV.
Katie Smith is the all-time leading scorer in women’s professional basketball. And if she were a man, she would never have to work another day in her life, but she’s not and she does.
Despite the significant advances in opportunities, women’s sports seem to wage a continual struggle for the basic right to play equally. For starters, WNBA players make far considerably less than men. The average salary for a woman is $60,000, nothing close to the $3.7 million which is the average salary for the NBA players. It’s true, men do play 82 games, 48 more than the women, still the difference in salary is staggering.
“The WNBA strikes me as a great product that just needs a bit more marketing help to drive more dollars into the sport” says David Kiley of Businessweek.com.
Full-coverage details of this acclaimed sports drama, “The Boston Blue” (0976696479/$12.95) will hit the bookstore shelves of Barnes & Noble Stores on December 14, 2006.
For a sneak preview, visit: www.thebostonbluetrailer.com.
Jessie Jamie Coleman is an author, screenwriter and freelance writer. She lives in Chicago and is currently at work on several nonfiction books.
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