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Your Call: More people are watching women’s sports than ever – why won’t the sports media cover it?



On the July 2nd edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about coverage of women’s sports. 

ESPN’s SportsCenter -- with more than 100 million viewers each month --  devoted a scant 2 percent of airtime to women’s sports. That number hasn’t budged much in 15 years – even as audiences for events like the Women's World Cup continue to grow. Why is this happening – and does it matter? It’s Your Call with Matt Martin, and you. 


Cheryl Cooky, associate professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Purdue University

Dave Zirin, sports correspondent for the Nation, and author of Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down

Joanne Gerstner, sports journalist in residence at Michigan State University

Web resources:

Study: It’s Dude Time – A Quarter Century of Excluding Women’s Sports from Televised News and Highlight Shows

The Dramatic Drop in Women’s Sports Coverage: An Interview with Mike Messner

Cauldron: Why This is a Golden Age for Women’s Sports on Television

Cauldron: Why This “Golden Age” for Women’s Sports Still Isn’t Enough

Al Jazeera: Sharp Rise in Global TV Audience for Women’s Football

NY Times: Women’s Teams Still Struggle for Fans

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