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Women In Sports 8

This week, Northwestern University football players voted on whether to form the first union for college athletes.  First, before I get into my points, the union being formed has nothing to do with payment. What is explained in the article hyperlinked above is that it wants players to be able to have healthcare from injuries caused by the sport, and that the school could not take away any scholarship because of a injury. All of that is fine.

The only problem is right now, and this could be because of a lack of information because the union is in its beginning stages, but articles about this issue seem to leave out women’s sports. Football players are not the only athletes that suffer from injury and scholarships.

Earlier this week, the NCAA approved to let athletes to have unlimited meals and snacks. This came from the result of Shabazz Napier saying that some college athletes do go to bed hungry. That affects all athletes.

NCAA President Mark Emmert decided to have a Q-and-A on a radio show, and mocked athletes that wanted that provision.

The point of this post is to remember that yes, unions for college athletes are a good thing. But most outlets seem to be forgetting about the “non-money” sports.  It will be interesting to see, if more unions start to form, or even the one at Northwestern, how they will include all athletes at those schools.

Women in Sports 7

This week, I read a chapter titled “Gender Warriors In Sports” by Margaret Carlisle Duncan.  Basically, what this chapter is emphasizing, is the idea that media portrays men as strong, and warrior-like, which is the very opposite of the portrayal of women.  For the most part, it IS true. Injuries in major women’s sports are not covered the same way for major men’s sports.  It is very rare that media covers major injuries for women, other than specific examples of Nancy Kerrigan.

The most recent of these examples for men, was on Wednesday, when Ryan Getzlaf took a slap shot to the face, and is going to play in the NHL Playoffs today. Last month, a Dallas Stars player had a cardiac event and collapsed on the bench and asked to be put back in the game. This could just be from the nature of hockey, because something like the two events have not been reported for other sports, men’s or women’s. However, there have been virtually no reports on any of the major sports outlets of a related story.

Foo Fighters are doing things

Yesterday, Rolling Stone reported that producer Butch Vig said the new Foo Fighters album is “halfway done.” Fanboys like me are going crazy over this news because the Foo Fighters are supposed to be on hiatus.  My guess is that this album is going to be THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST.

Sorry for the obvious Foo Fighters joke.

Question of the week:

How excited are you for the Foo Fighters album?

Women in Sports 6

This week, I read the chapter “Women, Sport and Media Institutions: Issues in Sports Journalism and Marketing” by Pamela J. Creedon.  This chapter talks about the huge disparities, in terms of money, that professional women’s sports face compared to men’s sports. It cites economic reasons as to why some sports, like basketball, men make more than women do.  I decided to dig a little deeper to show that the gender wage gap in professional sports is still slighted in favor of men, even without the economic factor.

First, here is Forbes list of top money earners in tennis. As you can see in the gallery on that webpage, half of the top money earners are women. Good sign, correct?

Well, this Forbes article, emphasizes how men get paid more overall for the sport. Makes sense because more people watch men’s tennis, right? Wrong.

Again, this one issue is not an end all means to the argument of gender wage gap, because leagues like the NBA do drive more revenue than the WNBA.  But, when we go to a worldwide game, where the women’s league is watched more than the men’s league and we still have that gap, that shows that there is more than just an economic factor being applied to the pay gap.

Nirvana in Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions were last night.  A YouTube user with the username “Punk Maestro” recorded Nirvana’s acceptance speech.

Here is the user’s video:

 

Punk Maestro also recorded a few of the performances at the ceremony, and those are able to be viewed on the user’s YouTube channel hyperlinked in the first paragraph.

 

Rock Question of the week:

What group are you wanting to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next?

Women in Sports 5

This week, I decided to do a little experiment with Google.  Well, not so much of an experiment, but a Google search and seeing what came up.  I searched “female athletes” and this is what came up:

 

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It starts out well with a Sports Illustrated link, “100 Greatest Female Athletes,” and then immediately goes south with the “News for Female Athletes” section.  The first headline under that is “Hottest Videos of Female Athletes Twerking.”  This is just a generic Google search.  I went onto another browser that doesn’t have any search history on it to try it again and the same exact results came up.  With as much as I Google about basketball, I am really surprised that not one thing about the NCAA women’s basketball tournament (which is arguably one of the biggest female sporting events of the year) did not show up once, even while the tournament this weekend is in the Sweet 16 and Elite 8.

This week, I read an excerpt called, “I’d Feel Ashamed:” Girls Bodies and Sports Participation. It deals with girls participation in P.E. class and the “male gaze.”  While I don’t really agree with parts of the article, that Google search I did reinforces that basic principle.  If some girl wanted to know more about women who play sports and found that Google search, I could see how that could be detrimental towards her.

Question of the week:

Have you been watching any of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament?

Radio still triumphs

Mashable reported today that radio is still the number one way that people find out about new music…sorta.  The website shows a graphic based on a survey, taken from Americans ages 12 and up.  The graphic separates every website individually and groups AM/FM radio together.  AM and FM bands have two distinct audiences, so it may not be as fair to compare each website to it.  

I’m a radio dj, so I think this news is fantastic, but it doesn’t show the full story.  If you add all the online only mediums (not including XM radio), Internet takes up about 26 percent of the chart.  One thing I found interesting, is how much friends and family play into finding out about new music, but I would have liked to see if that includes seeing people play songs on spotify.

Rock question of the week:

How do you find out about new music?