Which League, After The NBA, Might Follow With A Female Coach By The Year 2050?
According to AP, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he has “no doubt” the NBA could see a day when a woman could serve as an NBA team’s head coach Wednesday.
The comment was specifically in response to a conversation about Becky Hammon, who coached the San Antonio Spurs to the NBA’s summer league team to a championship Monday night. She was hired last season as the NBA’s first full-time female assistant in the NBA, and then she became the coach of their team in the Vegas League this summer.
"No different than for me in coming up in my career. Unless you're given those opportunities, you're never going to show your ability to be successful. So I'm enormously proud of her, and I'm enormously proud of the players who've quickly seen that she's a top-notch coach and have been willing to follow her." – Silver
With more women in the WNBA or working in the NBA than ever before, Silver believes there will be more opportunities for women in the coaching realm. He also cited that many NBA players have women in their families that play, which I can assume would make the connection easier.
While I'm making it easy to come down on the NFL, NHL or MLB, they don't have something like the WNBA in place, where female coaches can be systematically taught by their parent league, it's still something to think about. When will the other leagues have female coaches, if ever?
Odds of Women Coaches in the Other Leagues
The NFL will probably never have a woman head coach, and it’s not really that tough to argue against that, until at least there are women in the trenches battling against 300-lb. linemen. Then again, if there are men coaching in the NFL that have never played in the NFL, is it that crazy that a woman could do it, also?
In all honesty, I'm not a huge fan of female color analysts doing college football. Not because they're female, but because it bugs me hearing analysis from someone I know hasn't been in a huddle. That might make me misinformed, but I'm being honest.
My Odds of the NFL Getting a Female Head Coach by the End of 2050: 1 in 100,000
The National Hockey League would seem to be a smart fit for a female head coach, considering it’s probably the closest related in gameplay to the game of basketball (there’s a goal and an object teams are trying to put in the goal in a rectangular field of play). But the NHL’s lack of color tells me there’s not a lot of forward thinking going on here. But, much like the NBA and unlike the NFL, there are plenty of female hockey players in the world, which would make me think female coaches might not be as far off as we think.
My Odds of the NHL Getting a Female Head Coach by the End of 2050: 1 in 10,000
Major League Baseball would have an easier time bringing in a woman as an assistant coach and eventually a manager. Considering softball-playing women have likely played more baseball than most of the sabermetricians out there, they’d easily be able to work the numbers on when to pinch-hit, when to steal, batting orders, defensive shifts, etc. I think this is the league, after the NBA, that we could most likely see a female manager. It also might be a huge marketing move as the NBA continues to pass it by in popularity.
My Odds of MLB Getting a Female Head Coach by the End of 2050: 1 in 5,000
Do you think we’ll see a female head coach sooner in the NBA? What about the NHL, NFL or baseball?
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