Can the W.N.B.A. Be a Model for Women’s Hockey?

Last season, the N.W.H.L.’s five teams had average attendance figures ranging from 423 to 1,200. The league also reported that games streamed on YouTube and Twitter had an average viewership of 70,000.

Val Ackerman, the first W.N.B.A. president, said women’s hockey with N.H.L.-backing would be “a no-brainer.”CreditJulie Jacobson/Associated Press

For the 2018-19 season, the N.W.H.L. received $50,000 from the N.H.L., as did the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, which folded May 1. The almost 265 players between both leagues, competing in 16- or 28-game schedules, earned $2,000 to $10,000.

In 2017-18, the value of an N.H.L. team, on average, was a record $630 million, according to Forbes. This past season, the salary of an N.H.L. player ranged, on average, from $650,000 to $12.5 million.

“We do believe in the women’s game,” Bettman said this month in an interview with The Times. “We’re very supportive.”

Bettman said the N.H.L. had doubled its funding of the N.W.H.L. after the C.W.H.L. folded but had made no further commitments.

On Monday, the players seeking a better women’s hockey league announced the formation of a Professional Women’s Hockey Players…

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