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A sour turn for a ‘quality’ sportswriting venture
by Wendy Parker's Extracurriculars
posted August 13, 2014 at 1:42pm

On Tuesday I write about developments in sports media, and occasionally step back in time to a different era in sports journalism. * * * * * * * * Just as Sports Illustrated was rolling out its 60th anniversary fare last week, the doors abruptly closed ...more

Why are we attacking sport in Ireland?
by Inspiring Sports Women
posted August 12, 2014 at 3:24pm

There are parts of the world where sports stars can get away crimes as serious as rape because they're seen as above the law. There may be only a few examples but enough to make anyone wary of eulogising athletes just because they're fit and healthy. ...more

Wendy Parker on the fate of the non-revenue NCAA athlete
by Wendy Parker's Extracurriculars
posted August 11, 2014 at 4:57pm

On Monday my post is generally related to a timely sports topic prominently in the news, is focused on the business of sports or covers a sports subject at random. * * * * * * * * I don’t know much about law, economics, business, marketing, publi...more

Why WNBA stars struggle to build a brand
by They're Playing Basketball
posted August 8, 2014 at 4:15pm

This piece is right on:Not to mention, the WNBA's image is not one that's easily embraced, noted WNBA stylist Rachel Johnson. The sport is seen as aggressive and masculine, which makes the players themselves less desirable when it comes to attracting imag...more

The ESPY’s got me thinking about feminism and women’s sports @LashindaDemus
by Official Website of Lashinda Demus - Go Woman Go
posted August 8, 2014 at 12:01pm

I took part in the ESPY’s activities and awards ceremony this year, and it was a great reminder of how many inspiring athletes there are these days. It’s so moving to see the difficult obstacles athletes have overcome; it&rsqu...more

From the archives: A half-century of SI swimsuits
by Wendy Parker's Extracurriculars
posted August 7, 2014 at 8:02pm

While I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m reposting and updating selected links from the archive. * * * * * * * * * The usual furor over the Sports Illustrated annual swimsuit issue didn’t materialize much this winter. That wa...more

From the archives: The Web and longform sports
by Wendy Parker's Extracurriculars
posted August 6, 2014 at 4:58pm

While I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m reposting and updating selected links from the archive. * * * * * * * * When I posted “The Web’s longform longform sports evolution continues” in September 2012, I had no ...more

Sexuality, domestic violence and the sports media herd
by Wendy Parker's Extracurriculars
posted July 28, 2014 at 7:43pm

Last week, Tony Dungy’s comments about Michael Sam and Roger Goodell’s two-game suspension of Ray Rice revealed quite a bit about an American sports media that continues to ditch journalistic rigor about issues involving gender, sexuality and ...more

Wendy Parker: The Midsummer Classic and the American pastime
by Wendy Parker's Extracurriculars
posted July 15, 2014 at 1:33pm

  July is the time for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game and Hall of Fame induction, so I’ll be devoting some posts this week to topics related to baseball’s future — and as always the case with this sport — and exp...more

Why adjectives matter: The case of women's sports
by After Atalanta
posted February 5, 2014 at 9:07am

I ended yesterday's post with a line about female Olympians, who are the minority gender at the Winter Olympics, receiving a greater piece of spotlight. The caveat (in addition to the fact that it actually might not be true if one does a thorough content ...more

Is It Worth It: Her Choice
by SportyEsquire
posted December 12, 2013 at 9:02pm

Last week, I published the first of part of this two-part series on the utility of women’s sports programs in college.  In part I, I reached the conclusion that, for the institutions, the value in women’s sports, in the form of institut...more

Is it Worth It:
by SportyEsquire
posted December 3, 2013 at 9:45pm

Should colleges continue to support women's athletics?...more

Is It Really a New Era for Women's Sport? The International Canoe Federation's Dirty Little Secret
by WomenCANIntl
posted November 4, 2013 at 7:34pm

WomenCAN International participated in the 8th Annual Play the Game Conference in Aarhus, Denmark, October 28-31, 2013.  Link to presentation and speech script here. Play the Game’s aim is to strengthen the ethical foundation of sport and...more

The Lady Trainers
by SportyEsquire
posted October 23, 2013 at 5:24pm

Earlier this week Sue Falsone announced via twitter that she was resigning from her position as the head athletic trainer (AT)* of the LA Dodgers.  In 2011, Falsone had become the first female head AT of a major league male professional team in the...more

Condi Comes to Play
by SportyEsquire
posted October 17, 2013 at 9:42pm

Yesterday Executive Director Bill Hancock announced who would sit on the 13-member College Football Playoff (CFP) Selection Committee.   The committee, which will pick the four teams that will vie in the playoff for the national championship n...more

Should governments spend more on sport?
by Inspiring Sports Women
posted October 15, 2013 at 2:51pm

It's Budget Day in Ireland tomorrow - a good time to look at how little of our hefty tax-bill supports public sports - a stark contrast to the bulging health budget. Prevention rather than cure is definitely not the slogan of the day. Website 'Public Poli...more

THE CURIOUS CASE OF NCAA VIOLATIONS
by SportyEsquire
posted October 11, 2013 at 8:24am

I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the latest NCAA scandals.  You know, theJohnny Manziel show, the Oklahoma State saga and the drama in the SEC.  If you’re not, click on those little highlighted words and catc...more

The Rabbit Hole: Should we expect athletes to be role models?
by The Rabbit Hole
posted July 24, 2013 at 3:31pm

Northeastern University's Sport in Society organization attempts to use sport to create positive social change.  I follow them on Twitter and usually I agree with most of the tweets that they create but today they tweeted the following tweet concerni...more

CBC Special – Women’s Canoeing Should Have Place in Olympics
by WomenCANIntl
posted June 27, 2013 at 8:56pm

Canoeing has one of the poorest gender equality ratios of any Summer Olympic sport, and although female kayakers are allowed to compete in both the sprint and slalom disciplines, female canoeists are kept out of the Games altogether. CBC Sports Special: ...more

Did Frank Deford just tell me to lean in??
by After Atalanta
posted May 16, 2013 at 2:32pm

Last week several people told me I must listen to Frank Deford's weekly piece on NPR's Morning Edition. I finally listened to it this morning. I have not read any other opinions about it--or even looked to see if they exist.I have seen many opinions, howe...more

OpEd – Marketing will be the Savior of Female Sports
by Wombat Sports
posted May 10, 2013 at 10:36pm

A recent article by NPR’s Frank Deford has gotten a lot of response from the female athletic community. The article talks about why female team sports leagues are failing and what needs to be done in order to save them. He talks about how femal...more

LIFT THE BAN ON WOMEN'S CANOEING AT THE OLYMPICS
by WomenCANIntl
posted May 7, 2013 at 11:44pm

Help us reach 5,000 signatures to press the President of the International Canoe Federation, Mr. Jose Perurena, and the International Olympic Committee to lift the ban on women's canoeing at the Olympics. Please sign and share our petition:  https:...more

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