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July 12, 2009


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The fact that art is so close to sports in some situations is probably related to the nature of sports. The definition of "sports" above put forward the idea of an activity pursued not just for the usual purposes, for example, running not simply to get places, but running for its own sake, running as well as we can.

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Ben Feibleman is right in that there is far less interest in women's sports than men's competition. But I believe that gender of sports reporters and/or editors is a major contributing factor here.
Today's NYT, again, lists in its Sunday schedule of events and TV coverage two golf events for male pros, Senior British Open and the Canadian Open, but not the Evian Masters in France with all top women golfers participating. And this is but a minor example that I selected in order to stay with the original post.

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Couldn't it just as much be a lack of popular interest (and thus lack of sponsorship) that causes the reporting gap? Just the same as the WNBA can't fill arenas and sell tickets like the NBA, so they don't pull any quality network airtime?

I think that the gender bias claim with real merit would have to fall on the consumers for not giving the players a chance, rather than the media, who have a greater economic incentive to report more on the Men's Open. It's the consumers that still treat women's professional sports as a novelty, and so they are the real wielders of bias.

I have no suggestions on how to remedy the situation save for integrating the sports and giving it time.

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