Buzz won't last long

Grahame L. Jones

Los Angeles Times

Consider the koi, a suitable comparison because Japan won the Women's World Cup. It now and then rises to the surface for a gulp of air, then sinks again into the depths. So it is with women's soccer every four years. The buzz of Germany 2011 will not be felt again until Canada 2015. By then, Women's Professional Soccer might have joined the dodo and WUSA, the previous attempt to make women's soccer fly in the U.S.

So is there more respect than four weeks ago? Yes, because the improved quality of play was evident and the tournament had its dramatic moments. But overall, among average sports fans, probably not. No more so than there is respect for softball or the WNBA or the LPGA or any other niche sport.

Fans: It's on you now

Bob Foltman

Chicago Tribune

The women's game likely gained some new fans in the last month because of a higher quality of play than in the past. But will that translate into a more viable professional league?

That's the real question. Ideally, MLS teams also would have a women's team, but the league isn't strong enough yet to absorb those expenses. The onus is on women sports fans.

Women's professional sports leagues will thrive only when women increase their support and younger girls watch games on TV and drag their parents out to more games.

It's up to you, ladies.

Respect is fleeting