"I just want a cold beer and an #SCtop10 list that includes a Vero Boquete goal. Why do I feel so marginalized?” Evelyn Shoop wonders in a great essay on the lack of televised women’s sports.
It’s been a pretty decent summer for women in sports—Mo’Ne Davis and Emma March led their teams at the Little League World Series, Becky Hammon was named as an assistant coach for the Spurs, and women have competed at high level competitions, including the women’s rugby World Cup, the US Open, and the US Women’s Open. Still, you might be hard pressed to find women’s sports highlighted on TV.
Shoop’s son is five, and “doesn’t think women can play sports.” They’ve tried to rectify that view, buying season tickets to the Portland Thorns FC, but Shoop’s family insists she is “raising a little misogynist.”
ESPNW covers women’s sports, with a swooshy W (for women, get it?) and a bevy of fluffy lifestyle articles, but no live score updates. As Shoop so aptly puts it, “if ESPN is a sleek bachelor pad, ESPNW is the cottage next door filled with Activia and ultra-soft toilet paper.’
The WNBA playoffs kicked off last Thursday, and it’s an exciting event, with Hammon competing in her final playoff, and exciting young talents elevating the level of play. But unlike the NBA playoffs, you won’t find these games on network television. Instead, you’ll have to tune to NBA TV, if you have it, but don’t bother navigating to their web site—the only featured stories are about NBA trades and the US (men’s) team.
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Don’t get us started on ESPN’s lack of women’s soccer coverage. Even their “W” site has more stories about men in sports (also conveniently displayed on their actual ESPN home page) than stories about soccer. ESPN2 and 3 have aired nine games, and only really reported on one of them, and that lede was so buried you needed a shovel to find it.
We’d be remiss not to mention so many of the comments on the linked piece denigrate women’s sports by saying things like ‘well women can’t dunk’ or ‘women’s sports aren’t as good.’ Please google “Brittney Griner” and “Mo’Ne Davis” and “last weekend’s Seattle Reign v Washington Spirit playoff game.” Educate yourself, and beware! You may also enjoy yourself.