Category Archives: women's sports

Sports History Files: Billie Jean King in the arena, Part 3

TweetThis week I’m devoting this blog to a three-part retrospective on Billie Jean King, who defeated Bobby Riggs in “The Battle of the Sexes” on Sept. 20, 1973. I’m particularly interested in her enduring public persona and how she embodies an ideal that has eluded other women’s sports leaders. Here’s Part 1 from Monday and [...]

Sports History Files: Billie Jean King in the arena, Part 2

TweetThis week I’m devoting this blog to a three-part retrospective on Billie Jean King, who defeated Bobby Riggs in “The Battle of the Sexes” on Sept. 20, 1973. I’m particularly interested in her enduring public persona and how she embodies an ideal that has eluded other women’s sports leaders. Here’s Part 1 from Monday; the [...]

Sports History Files: Billie Jean King in the arena, Part 1

TweetThis week I’m devoting this blog to a three-part retrospective on Billie Jean King, who defeated Bobby Riggs in “The Battle of the Sexes” on Sept. 20, 1973. I’m particularly interested in her enduring public persona and how she embodies an ideal that has eluded other women’s sports leaders. Other posts in this series will [...]

Why there is no Title IX for sports media

TweetI don’t want to rain on a parade. I really don’t, even though the local forecast does call for showers as my hometown’s annual Independence Day parade is scheduled to take place on Thursday.
The parade I’m referring to begins tonight, with the first of ESPN’s new women’s sports film series “Nine for IX,” and continues [...]

History-making Huskies find the right gear

TweetNEW ORLEANS — On a night when the NCAA honored some of the legendary names of the early years of women’s college basketball, the Connecticut Huskies continued to remake the contemporary history books.
Their 93-60 win over Louisville on Tuesday ties them with Tennessee for an NCAA record eight national championships. And UConn rolled in record-setting [...]

The understated appeal of the undercard

TweetNEW ORLEANS — They’ve been underdogs so long that they relish continuing in the role even at the Final Four, and especially after dispatching one of the biggest names in the sport.
The Louisville Cardinals — Undercards? — do have a -2 figure beside their name on at least one Las Vegas sports betting line going [...]

More gradual steps or a big leap for the WNBA?

TweetCan the outgoing trifecta of women’s college basketball’s most visible stars attract a bigger spotlight for the WNBA?
That’s what both the league and ESPN are banking on as they held a tightly-staged press conference Thursday to announce an extension of their long-standing television partnership.
The six-year deal, which Sports Business Journal reported ahead of time [...]

SI, swimsuits and the cause of women’s sports

TweetIt’s mid-to-late February. The Super Bowl is over, conference play in college basketball is heating up, and pitchers and catchers have reported.
Which means it’s time for the annual flogging of Sports Illustrated for its popular and highly lucrative swimsuit issue, now hitting the stands with Kate Upton leaving little to the imagination.
But instead of the [...]

And a man shall lead them . . . again

TweetThe U.S. women’s national soccer team has a new coach, one with plenty of international coaching experience and success.
But even before Tom Sermanni, a Scot in charge of the Australian women’s team, was hired Tuesday by the U.S. Soccer Federation, there were worries about a factor over which he has had no control.
His gender.
A few [...]

Never mind the throwing gap

TweetJanet Hyde, a former psychology department head and women’s studies professor at the University of Wisconsin, employs a familiar argument in explaining research showing that gender-based differences in the throwing of a ball are considerable:
“The more we argue for gender differences, the more we feed people’s stereotypes. A belief in large gender differences is incompatible [...]