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It’s not enough to complain, we’ve got to woman-up, too

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

By Laura Pappano Part of our job at FairGameNews is to point out inequities. Some (deaf to yammering from the other side) find posts too bold a punch. That’s fine. Debate is good. There is, however, plenty to get lathered up about (media coverage, urban girls’ access to sports, salaries, scheduling of ...

Women’s Sport is Political (+ Financial + Pop Cultural + …)

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

By Laura Pappano It's nearly election day, an apt time to recognize that -- yes -- sports are political. Not blue state-red state stuff, but equity, status, economic power. At the New York Athletic Club yesterday, the Wellesley Centers for Women lunch/discussion fed a conversation that energized a room of more than ...

It’s October: Where have women’s sports gone?

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

By Laura Pappano The Ryder Cup has just wrapped up. We are into the MLB Playoffs. NBA teams are in pre-season match-ups with the regular season kicking off in a few weeks. NHL is happening (as is NASCAR). And, of course, the NFL – pink gear and all – is going ...

Money (Net)ball: How an Aussie Women’s Pro League is Making $$ (and what to learn from what they did)

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

By Laura Pappano The abrupt folding of the St. Louis Athletica, forcing the Women's Professional Soccer league to mid-season reshuffle its schedule, was the latest reminder of a nagging problem: Making money in women’s pro sports. (Or merely staying solvent). This has nothing to do with quality of play or competition.  The ...

Six Sports Thoughts: From women’s B-ball to golf pay gap

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

By Laura Pappano Who says people don’t watch dominance? UConn’s NCAA Tournament run brought ESPN more viewers than in 2009. According to Nielsen, the final UConn-Stanford game drew 3.53 million viewers, up 32 percent from the 2009 final of UConn vs. Louisville. The Final Four averaged 3.16 viewers, up 22 percent ...

The history of women’s sports we’d rather forget (but shouldn’t)

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Word last week that rare film footage of Babe Ruth had been discovered by a New Hampshire man among his grandfather’s home movies provided yet another opportunity to lovingly recall the delightful history of sport, in this case, baseball. No doubt editors are being deluged with book proposals this ...

Coaching Primer: More Women with Pro-Hoop Dreams and Thoughts on Success from the Best

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

The Playbook is an ocassional series on University of Rhode Island Women's Basketball team and head coach Cathy Inglese as she works to turn around a losing program. THE PLAYBOOK By Laura Pappano Go ahead and debate whether or not it’s a good thing, but women’s college basketball is changing: Young women don't ...