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It IS March Madness: Still a Shadow Championship

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

By Laura Pappano Get ready: For the next few weeks college basketball will be everywhere you turn. Unfortunately, few of the games that will be playing non-stop on screens will feature women's teams. Yes, women are playing -- just not where you will notice them. Every year, I get excited and whoop up ...

Women’s NCAA Bracket: Vote with your pen and then talk about it

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

By Laura Pappano It's March Madness and that means one thing: Time to vote with your pen, and rehearse your friendly trash-talking zingers. The brackets are not just about the games, of course, but about the culture we create around the games. They are about the notice we give to female athletes, ...

Obama Bracket Challenge: Not (it turns out) for men only

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

By Laura Pappano Sports are political. This year’s March Madness tournament has made that point even more clearly than usual as President Barack Obama’s campaign announced the “Obama Bracket Challenge:” Out pick the President and your name appears on the campaign website. While initial reports suggested a catch -- that the contest only applied to ...

Women’s NCAA: From March Mandate to real March Madness!

Monday, April 4th, 2011

By Laura Pappano When Stanford went down 63-62 last night to Texas A & M, it took several minutes to sink in. And when TV cameras showed the UConn Huskies in the stands, well, you felt that they had been forewarned: Watch out, things can happen. It didn’t matter. Notre Dame didn’t ...

Mad in March: Women drowning in the tsunami of men’s coverage

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

  By Laura Pappano If coverage of the men’s side of March Madness seems to be playing at every hour on every available screen, it’s not your imagination. Not only did the number of men’s teams in the tournament increase from 64 to 68, but the NCAA TV deal with CBS and Turner ...

Obama, father of tall daughters, meets the UConn Women’s Basketball Team (and gushes)

Monday, April 27th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Everybody knows that President Obama is a big college hoops fan. But most of his public affection has focused on the men's side (click here to see a photo of him with his March Madness picks). Today, however, he had the chance to enumerate the dominance of the ...

The b-ball debates: quality, market & don’t raise prices!

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

By Laura Pappano THE QUALITY ISSUE: The Clippers could beat UNC, so..? A reader writes: “…there is also a big gap between the quality of play for men’s and women’s college b-ball…and thus the price disparity.” Absolutely, men’s college basketball is a fast-paced exciting game and male players on average may be bigger ...

Play Matters. Be a fan of Women’s Basketball (and sex equality). Fill out your brackets – and tune in.

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Here’s an experiment you can do at home: Google “March Madness” and see how many entries actually mention a women’s championship. Just about any place you click, March Madness is talking about one playoff – and it’s all about the guys. Even the NCAA site takes some navigating to ...