if they can't effectively market Delle Donne. I mean, after all, she's not the least bit photogenic.
Without question, Diggins' combination of basketball talent (including intangibles) and marketing appeal is unmatched among women's college basketball.
But moving forward, Delle Donne has the higher ceiling for that combination, in my estimation.
I find the winning vs. marketing debate interesting. Notwithstanding my personal affinity for Bill Veeck (I mean, how can you not love a MLB owner who serves beers to two high school seniors there to interview him for an article in their school paper?), I think he was on the wrong side of the debate. In his defense, he was often forced into taking that approach, due to the lack of talent and/or financial wherewithal of the teams he ran.
Nothing markets like winning, and I suspect that's true even in women's basketball.
None of this is to say that Chicago will either win or market Delle Donne effectively. I don't know a damn thing about that franchise, and frankly I don't suspect that will change.
As I get older, my interest in professional sports continues to wane. And I never was one of those guys who passionately followed former Notre Dame football or men's basketball players in the professional ranks. I was pleased for success they may have had, but didn't make any emotional investment.