In November, Philahoops expanded its coverage to include local women’s basketball with today’s launch of PhilahoopsW.com.
PhilahoopsW.com will mirror Philahoops.com, which covers Philadelphia’s six Division I men’s basketball teams, and also will include area women’s powers Delaware, Rutgers and Penn State.
Legendary women’s basketball writer and Hall of Famer Mel Greenberg will oversee the new enterprise as senior editor of PhilahoopsW. Greenberg still will provide commentary and national coverage at his Women’s Hoops Guru blog, womhoops.blogspot.com.
“It is very exciting to include Philadelphia women’s basketball in Philahoops’ scope, and there is no better person to lead the coverage than Mel,” Bracy said. “Mel is an authority on women’s hoops and there is no journalist who has contributed more to the women’s game than Mel. The fact that the annual media award for excellence in women’s basketball coverage is named for Mel says it all. I have known Mel for many years and it truly is an honor to join forces with him. His presence brings instant credibility to PhilahoopsW.”
Greenberg, who brings 37 years of local and national years of experience covering women’s basketball, spent more than 40 years at The Inquirer prior to his retirement in 2010.
“I didn’t retire to mow lawns,” jests Greenberg. “If there can be an ESPNW, why not PhilahoopsW considering the birth of the modern women’s game has its roots back here dating to Immaculata and West Chester.”
Greenberg, who spearheads women’s activities for the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), founded what became the Associated Press weekly women’s basketball poll, which was launched in The Inquirer in November 1976.