Women’s Sports on Television?
934 televised news stories in 2014; 880 about men’s sports, 22 about gender neutrals in sports, and 32 about women’s sports. Is that fair? Is that equal? Women put in the same time and effort into their sports because it is their lives and get little to no respect received back. You don’t see the controversy because of how women use this to push harder and harder to prove that they are doing something special and great. The Olympians work to the best of their ability to show viewers that women can be just as successful but how do they do that if a women’s track race is cut off by a man getting interviewed?
The amount of coverage has dropped significantly from years ago. Women’s coverage was higher 5, 10,15, 25 years ago than it is now. Why now though? Michael Messner an author and strong believer that women’s sports should be equally produced comments, “We’ve had this incredible explosion of girls and women going into sports in the last 40 years. … What’s puzzling to us is that the increased interest and participation in women’s sports has not at all been reflected in news and highlights shows”. Producers should be encouraging the young girls to be involved with sports and that its normal to be an active girl just like a boy. This production of women’s sports should be rising rather than falling. There are many irrelevant stories being shown that don’t have an impact on society. For example, A swarm of bees invading a Red Sox vs. Yankees game… how does that affect society? Viewers would be more impacted by how a woman athlete is risking many things to be an all star or even how a woman athlete is inspiring the young athletes.
This will be an on going problem for television but the coverage of women’s sports or woman athletes should be increasing rather than decreasing. The amount of training and effort and work athletes put into their hobby and life to be either an olympian or just a professional is something special that should be recognized.