The WNBA’s season ticket base is down 9% at 6,743, according to a report by the ESPN Insider podcast, which is produced by WNBA insider Lisa Salters.
The numbers are in line with other recent reports, but are still higher than what most of the league is expecting to sell.
The average WNBA home game sold more than 3,000 tickets during the season.
The WBA’s season tickets are averaging about 2,000 per game, with the NWSL average of 2,500.
The NBA season is expected to sell more than 9 million tickets this season.
WNBA commissioner Lisa Borders has said that a few weeks ago, the league’s season revenue was $1.7 billion.
The new report shows that revenue has declined from $3.1 billion in 2016.
That means the WNBA is projected to drop $900,000 in ticket sales during the 2017-18 season.
In its report, the ESPN Insiders podcast also reported that WNBA viewership was down by about 40% in 2017, compared to the 2016-17 season.
“WNBA viewership is down, and it’s not surprising considering that the game is playing behind the scenes,” Salters said in the podcast.
“There’s not a lot of action and there’s not much hoopla.”
The podcast notes that the WBO is looking at whether it can add more players in 2018.
That is also a possible move, as the league has already been without two WNBA players in 2017.
The report notes that revenue for the WBA is expected decline from $2.4 billion in 2017 to $1 billion next season.
Salters also noted that the NWL and WNBA have been growing rapidly in recent years.
The NWSL averaged about 2 million viewers in 2017-19, but only about 600,000 viewers last season.
For the NWCL, that’s up to 3.3 million viewers, a jump of about 80,000.
Salts report comes as the WBC, the women’s soccer tournament, continues to grow in popularity.
In 2017, it averaged about 1.4 million viewers per game.
Salter says that’s growing fast, as more fans watch on the WOWO channel, which broadcasts games in the United Kingdom.
Saltery also noted the league will be looking to expand into other markets, such as Canada.
The podcast says that the league had to raise $400 million from the leagues own investors because of the recession.
That money was eventually used to create the WBS and WSL leagues, as well as the World Wide WOW.