Women's Hoops Blog

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Friday, June 11, 2010

From Marie at the Sports, Media and Society blog: Why the apathy about women's sports coverage?
In a column published this morning, longtime journalist Eric Deggens addresses the lack of attention paid to a new study that empirically verifies what women's sports fans have suspected: Despite Title IX and the soaring numbers of girls and women participating in sports, mainstream coverage of women's sports continues to diminish.

Deggens rightly points out that the study has generally been greeted with apathy. He also rightly points out that media organizations have an obligation, based on their responsibility to address what he calls "an essential journalism failure," to provide fair, plentiful coverage of women's sports.

Of course, he's right. I suggest, however, that blame the lack of women's sports coverage cannot be placed solely on journalistic organizations.