The Mother of All Sports Networks

The Mother of All Sports Networks

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How Diana - Sports TV Plans to Change the Way We Watch Women’s Sports

This past weekend, the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) hosted its All Star Game in St. Paul, MN. The league, which is in its third season, garnered close to 1,200 fans at the Tria Rink, and one feature of the crowd prominently stood out to me: there are some serious fans in women’s hockey.

I was on assignment for Diana Sports TV, gathering content for their social media platforms and acquainting myself with a sport slightly foreign to me. Yes, the concept of the game makes sense: whichever team scores the most goals wins.

But there are elements to the sport that garner a diehard fan base: it’s fast; it’s aggressive; it’s requires an incredible amount of skill; and while moving swiftly across the ice while maneuvering the puck, the players possess a certain amount of grace.

It’s truly fun and incredible to watch. It will also make one, like myself, feel uncoordinated as I am bound to trip at least once a day while walking.

For Diana Sports TV, I spoke with a lot of fans, and had the opportunity to speak with the founder and commissioner of the NWHL, Dani Rylan. In her opinion, she believes the future of the girls’ and women’s hockey has never been brighter.  I couldn’t help but agree with her as I scoped the crowd and saw girls wearing their favorite player’s jersey, or eagerly waiting for the players to come off the ice just to give them a high-five.  

With NWHL founder and commissioner, Dani Rylan

With NWHL founder and commissioner, Dani Rylan

 Then I learned something that quite honestly shocked me: players make an average salary of $5,000-7,000 a season.

It became clear to me in this moment that the young women who play in the NWHL do so because it’s a passion and a dream of theirs to play a sport they love professionally. There’s also another goal in mind: to make the future of hockey better for girls who also aspire to play professionally.

This is why a platform like Diana Sports TV is needed. What will be the first streaming network dedicated to women’s sports, their mission is to help bridge the gap that women’s sports receive in coverage by allowing you to stream live content from your phone. Similar in the way that Hulu and Netflix operates, you’ll pay a monthly subscription and receive access to a variety of women’s sports, and you’ll also get to be part of the revolution that creates equal opportunity and access for girls in sports. By helping support endeavors like Diana Sports TV you'll also be part of helping ensure that women in sports can make a living playing a sport they love and excel in. 

Suiting up for game time in a NWHL Connecticut Whale jersey

Suiting up for game time in a NWHL Connecticut Whale jersey

It seems long overdue for something like this, and I’m proud that I had the opportunity to help with coverage this weekend. Perhaps the most exciting part though was talking to several young girls who said, “I used to think I’d have to play in the NHL to play professionally, but now that I know there’s a league for me, I’m more excited to play.”

With that in mind, Diana Sports TV and Major League Girls both believe the future of sports is women and girls. And we’re here for it.

Diana Sports TV launching in March

Diana Sports TV launching in March