Episode 224 of the Short Time Wrestling Podcast ventures outside of wrestling to identify how a small, grassroots organization has blossomed to over 400 member leagues in 18 countries. That organization is the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.

Yes, it's roller derby.

Why on earth would anyone try to compare the non-P.C. world of women's roller derby to college an international wrestling? It's simple — they get fans. Earlier this month, I went down to St. Paul and checked out the WFTDA International Championships at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium. This place is no stranger to wrestling, having previously hosted World Team Trials in Greco-Roman.

Roller derby, even with its rough-around-the-edges skaters, has been a steady draw around the country. In 2009, I attended a bout between the Minnesota Roller Girls and a team from North Carolina. Four thousand people attended. A day later, the University of Minnesota hosted a home dual. Roller derby outdrew the Gophers. If you go to cities where college wrestling has a presence, I don't doubt you'll find derby leagues close that do better in attendance than college wrestling programs, and all without the benefit of athletic department backing.

Mia Culprit and Mary Lou Wretched (no, not their real names) offer some insight from a governing body perspective and a league perspective. Mia Culprit works for the WFTDA, while Mary Lou Wretched works on the marketing arm in Kansas City.

What can we learn from roller derby? Let's find out.

Leave a voicemail for the show by checking out our contact page. Your listener feedback could be played back and answered on an upcoming episode of Short Time.

SUBSCRIBE TO SHORT TIME
[saf include=”itunes,apple,android,stitcher,spreaker,iheartradio,tunein,soundcloud,rss”]

8 Habits of Highly Successful Former Wrestlers
As wrestlers, we all know the value of the lessons we learn on the mat. Have you ever wondered what it is that makes certain former wrestlers go on to massive success in business and life? Jim Harshaw, host of the Wrestling with Greatness podcast, has interviewed CEO's, entrepreneurs, military leaders and others–all former wrestlers– and has identified the eight core habits of some of the most successful people on the planet who were also wrestlers. Download his free report, “The 8 Habits of Highly Successful Former Wrestlers” and begin using the lessons you learn in wrestling to reach the top. To download your free copy today visit mattalkonline.com/habits

GET DAILY WRESTLING NEWS!
You like wrestling news, right? Of course you do. Did you know you can sign up for FREE to subscribe to the Mat Talk Online DAILY WRESTLING NEWS e-mail newsletter that's published EVERY morning with the previous day's top news stories from outlets all around the globe. It's free and it's a great way to start your wrestling day.

Almanac Time!
Get the Cadet & Junior Nationals All-American Almanac, a 219-page digital download. It's available now and if you use the promo code “JB” you'll save $5 off the cover price. It's got every All-American EVER in Fargo (and the locations that were before Fargo) and every breakdown by year and state. Oh, you know this guy who says he placed at Juniors? Fact check him or her quickly by buying one now!

And if you haven't already, leave a rating and a review on iTunes.

The Short Time Time Wrestling Podcast is proudly sponsored by Flipswrestling. Share your attitude and #BEHEARD at Flipswrestling.com.

Contribute
And if you're a fan of the extensive and broad-based reach of the shows on the Mat Talk Podcast Network, become a contributor today.. There are various levels of perks for the different levels of patronage. If you like wrestling content — scratch that — if you LOVE great wrestling content, consider becoming a contributor. How much you give is solely up to how much you believe it's worth to you.

Looking to start a podcast of your own?
Get a free month with Libsyn by using the promo code MTO when you sign up. You'll get the remainder of the month from when you sign up as well as the next month free. It'll be enough time to kick the tires and lights some fires.

Liked it? Take a second to support Mat Talk Online on Patreon!
Share This