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Updated Mar 8, 2013 - 6:06 am

Mercury offering special promotion for men this season

Baylor's Brittney Griner (42) dunks over Kansas State's Bri Craig (20) and Brittany Chambers (2) in the second half of their NCAA college basketball game, Monday, March, 4, 2013, in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 90-68. (AP Photo/The Waco Tribune-Herald, Rod Aydelotte)

PHOENIX -- Brittney Griner scored 50 points in a game and can dunk, and the Baylor center may soon be drafted by the Phoenix Mercury.

But a lot of men may never see her play in person.

Mercury president Amber Cox said the WNBA doesn't get a lot of attention on ESPN.

"A lot of guys at times can dismiss the WNBA or the women's game as a whole," Cox said.

But she wants to change that. She's challenging guys to "man up" and go to a Mercury game this season. So the team is offering free tickets...for men.

"We believe in the product, we believe in the level of play, so we want to invite guys out to test it out for themselves," said Cox.

The tickets will be in the first 10 rows of the lower bowl at US Airways Center.

The deal is bringing a lot of attention to the Mercury.

"This has recently caught some momentum for us," said Cox. "It started as an article on PhoenixMercury.com from our great writer Ben York, and it's caught some steam. We're excited about that. We're excited that people are interested in helping us spread that word. I think this is probably the most attention something like this has gotten."

The free tickets promotion starts on May 27, when the Mercury host the Chicago Sky.

To get the tickets, email Ben York at byork@phoenixmercury.com.

About the Author


Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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