Author Archives: Wendy Parker

Pop feminism hits the sports pages

TweetThis week I’m devoting several posts stemming from Monday’s 42nd Title IX anniversary, with an emphasis on continuing cultural issues relating to gender and sports. Here’s yesterday’s introductory post, “Title IX, sports and the culture of grievance.”
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When the truth about the Duke lacrosse scandal finally was revealed, the [...]

Title IX, sports and the culture of grievance

TweetThis week I’m devoting several posts stemming from today’s Title IX anniversary, ongoing matters related to investigations of sexual assault on college campuses, the O’Bannon v. NCAA trial and continuing cultural issues relating to women and sports, including sexuality and exclusion from such sports as baseball.
These posts build on my 2011 blog series “Women’s Sports [...]

The paradox of sports journalists online

TweetOn Tuesday I write about developments in sports media, and occasionally step back in time to a different era in sports journalism.
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When I first got the hang of Twitter — and discovered how much of a magnificent time vampire it can be — I also noticed something else [...]

Jürgen Klinsmann and the Amerikan soccer nation

TweetOn Monday my post is generally related to a timely sports topic prominently in the news, is focused on the business of sports or covers a sports subject at random.
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Soccer in the United States has progressed to a point where white-hot, primal scream diatribes like this one [...]

An art lover’s glimpse of the World Cup

TweetOnce upon a time, the Olympics used to award medals for art work.
Yes, it was as competitive as swimming and track and field, with more than 150 medals being handed out from 1912 to 1952, when IOC boss man Avery Brundage halted this very popular component of the Games.
Why? Because many of the artists were [...]

Midweek Books: Political futebol at the World Cup

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
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Several new books written in the recent context of Brazilian citizen protests against the backdrop the World Cup (as well as the 2016 Rio Olympics) have understandably received [...]

The never-ending feast of the World Cup online

TweetWhen I was covering soccer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the online reference guide I prepared for readers before the 1998 World Cup contained only a few links.
A good number of them were to British media outlets and blogs.
As I’ve rounded up the same for the World Cup that starts on Thursday, I easily have as [...]

The O’Bannon case and the future of the NCAA

TweetOn Monday my post is generally related to a timely sports topic prominently in the news, is focused on the business of sports or covers a sports subject at random.
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It’s been 30 years ago this month that the landscape — and especially the business model [...]

Midweek Books: Fan-friendly World Cup guides

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
This also continues a series of posts this week about the World Cup, which kicks off June 12 in Brazil. Previous posts are here and here.
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There are [...]

Soccer’s American television and media evolution

Tweet(This is the second in a series of posts this week about the World Cup, which kicks off June 12 in Brazil. Monday’s post was about FIFA dealing with match-fixing and corruption allegations.)
Twenty years ago this summer, the lead announcers for ESPN’s coverage of the World Cup in the United States were Roger Twibell and [...]