Cornography: Selling Women's Professional Basketball in a Girls' Basketball State

  title={Cornography: Selling Women's Professional Basketball in a Girls' Basketball State},
  author={Shelley Lucas},
  journal={The Annals of Iowa},
  • S. Lucas
  • Published 1 October 2005
  • History
  • The Annals of Iowa
ON MARCH 21, 1978, the newly formed Women's Professional Basketball League (WBL) awarded its first team franchise to Iowa. One of several short-lived professional women's leagues in the 1970s and 1980s, the WBL launched its inaugural season in December 1978 with a roster of eight teams. ̂ George Nissen, the Cedar Rapids native known for making the trampoline a household word and a longtime benefactor of amateur American gymnasts through his company, Nissen Equipment, bought the Iowa franchise… 



In 1971 high school student Jane Qiristoffer Rubel filed suit against the IGHSAU on the basis that it prohibited her-a married student with a 63

  • Times (possibly the Los Angeles Times
  • 1981

From Six-on-Six to Full Court Press, 102, notes that in the late 1970s 6-on-6 basketball generated enough revenue to support 15 sports. See also Enright

  • Only in Iowa

Attitudes of Iowa Girls' High School Basketball Players and Coaches Conceming the Six-player Rules," ¡owa Association for Health

  • Physical Education ami Recreation Journal
  • 1978

Comets Start Cage Dreams/' Des Moines Register, 11/2/78, Newspaper clippings

  • 1978

Perquisites Are Few for Women Cagers" (unidentified clipping). Newspaper clippings, 1979-1980 and undated

  • Bolin Papers

Quote from an untitled newspaper clipping

  • Bolin Papers
  • 1978

Girls' Cagers in State Tourney Favor Iowa-style Game"; "Basketball Outcry/' Des Morues Register, 1979, Research files-girls' basketball

  • Newspaper clippings

Five Girls or Six?" 54

  • 1978

Molly Bolin"; Porter, Mad Seasons

    Des Moines Register, 11/29/1979, Newspaper clippings, 1978-1980, box 1, ICR. For an excellent analysis of the use of the term Amazon to diminish and debase women's athletic accomplishments, see Cahn