Since I am usually such a Complainin’ Jane when it comes to problematic things lay people say about women’s sports, I thought it would be a nice change of pace to actually laud someone. (Don’t worry; I’m not going soft. I am sure I will be back with something cynical to say tomorrow–or the next day. I have a busy week ahead of me.)
The men’s versus women’s sports issue is making headline news again thanks for NBA commissioner David Stern’s prediction that women could be playing in the league in 10 years. And then there was, of course, the “no ways” from people like Lebron James and Anthony Parker–brother of Candace who thinks that while his sister is just swell, she is not NBA material.
Anyway, it seems the Modesto (CA) Bee took up the issue of the lack of popularity in women’s sports and did some of that blame-gaming stuff where they attribute the lack of interest on the part of women as the reason for the alleged demise of women’s sports.
But in bold, concise and convincing fashion, a reader noted the lack of sports available for viewing:
Television is saturated with men’s sports, not women’s. Look at how much time is devoted to women’s sports on local stations during prime-time news. Most women’s sports events are not even covered, and when they are they are not given equal coverage.
I follow golf, but it is difficult to show support for women’s golf when four men’s tournaments are aired but no women’s tournaments, unless it is at 3 a.m. Don’t put all the blame on women’s sports sliding into oblivion because women aren’t watching when clearly and sadly the sports world is still male dominated in television and in local newspapers. Give us a break. We would watch and support women’s sports given the chance.
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