The Sports Bra and Rough and Tumble Are Just the Beginning

At Rough and Tumble in Ballard, female athletes on screens mean butts in seats.

For Jen Barnes, it was the OL Reign semifinal against the Washington Spirit in 2021. She figured a postseason game with a Seattle team would be easy to find at a local bar. She called around and found she was mistaken. Eventually she found a spot that intended to put on the Reign game, but only after an out-of-market football game ended.

Down in Portland, Jenny Nguyen and some friends went to a sports bar in 2018 to watch the NCAA women’s basketball final. “There’s 30-plus TVs in there and none of them

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