Monday, November 27, 2006

Women Athletic Directors

A very small number of women have become athletic directors. Is this becasue if is a job that a man can handle better, or are their just not as many women interested in this type of high stress job? Athletic directers are Athletic directors are in front of the camera a lot of the time.

According to only 8.7 Division 1 athletes are women. To many this number is not that surprising. I did not know of any off the top of my head, which was interesting to learn that women are in such a competitive high testosterone type of job. The women should be admired because everyone knows that would not be an easy job for a women.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Gender Problem Improving?

ESPN reported a situation last April that focused on the gender problems between male and female sports broadcasters. The article focused on discriminating words From New York Mets broadcaster

Keith Hernandez to Padres massage therapist Kelly Calabrese. Hernandez said: “I won’t say women belong in the kitchen, but they don’t belong in the dugout.”

Calabrese was not laughing when Hernandez tried to play his comment off as a joke. Kelly later commented:

“It amazes me that somebody of that caliber that has obviously played the game before and is in front of an audience of millions of people would say something like that; it’s a little shocking but you know what…. it happens

.” Later she commented: “He not only discredited me as a person, but he discredited women.”

The conflict seems dramatic but in all reality the gender problem has improved. This comment could have been intended as a joke or just giving her a hard time. I don’t think people should talk to women and discredit them like that but then again this problem has been around for a long time. It is one of those things that come with the job. Not as much public attention has been brought up on this topic so I see the gender issues either improving or people are not talking about it.

The Dream Job

Sportscasters have a dream job to many. They get to meet athletes, coaches, and other sports hot shots! It sounds great right? They also work long hours and have a highly stressful job. If they are not broadcasting they are researching. Women have to constantly work and learn because of the stiff competition for their jobs. You have to truly be in it for the love, not the status.

Kwan Behind the Mic

Everyone knows Michelle Kwan as being one of the greatest figure skaters in history. ESPN reported that last Olympic games she had a opportunity to broadcast the Olympics. NBC went to Kwan after she strained her groin muscle before the 2006 Olympics. NBC knew that Kwan was a feature audience attraction and thought if she was to broadcast the figure skating portion of the Olympics. NBC was hoping that more people would watch if Kwan was featured. In the end it didn't matter because she declined the offer because she did not want to be a distraction to the skaters.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Friday Sports News 10/3/06

Weekly News report 10/3/06
Oklahoma State’s retired head coach Eddie Sutton was found in car. He was not responding when people found him. WWLS the Sports Animal in Oklahoma City reported that he had an allergic reaction from a new medicine he was taking. He is said to be doing okay and was taken to the Stillwater hospital. reported that he is resting comfortably in the hospital and is expected to be released sometime today.

Former heavyweight boxing champ Trevor Berbick was found in a church courtyard late last week. He was found with multiple blows to his head which was probably caused by a metal pipe found at the scene. His nephew has been charged with the murder.

Track coach Trevor Gram was charged with three counts making false statements. He claimed he did not give his athletes performance enhancing drugs after Justin Gatlin, Marion Jones and Time Montgomery tested positive. He could face up to 15 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.

Oklahoma State faces Texas this Saturday at 6:00 central. Last year OSU had a big lead into the second half and star Vince young brought the team through to win the game. McCoy is no Young but it will be interesting to see how Bobby Reid and Cold McCoy will match up.

Ann Liguori: The women who probably never sleeps

Ann Liguori is one of the busiest women in sports. She is a television host, producer, radio host, print journalists, president of a television production company and owner of “Sports Interview with Ann Liguori”. She asks tough question that keeps her show intense. She hosts a celebrity/charity golf tournament for the American Cancer Society. She is

Jack Brickhouse's prospective

Women have another dimension that men cannot give said Jack Brickhouse, former voice of the Chicago Cubs and ASA Hall of Famer. This comment from Brickhouse really showcased the respect some men in the industry have for these women who work so hard in a male dominated field.
“They can give a female’s insight into women athletes in swimming, golf, basketball, tennis, etc. How does a man know what problems a women would have in a particular sport?”

Local News Sports Segments

Surveys suggest that local sports newscasts are getting shorter. Most are averaging around 3 minutes in a newscast. The surveys indicate that people who watch the local news are interested in weather, traffic, and crime stories. Most people turn to ESPN to get sports news. Many news directors said they do not even want a sports segment in the news. If this continues both men and women will have a harder time finding a job in sports broadcasting.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Suzy Colber

Suzy Kolber is one of the most known sports broadcaster. She works on ESPN and does Sunday Night Football and she is on ESPN SportsCenter. She currently is working on the sidelines for Monday Night Football. After graduating college Kolber worked at CBS and later received a sports Emmy award in 1988.

She is still no stranger today and is seen featured in many sportscasts. If she is not broadcasting them she many times is talked about or refered to. She has always had a love for sports and In an article I read not too long ago she admits that when she is not working on the field she is doing research. So basically she is always working. She admitted that it is not too bad working those long hours because she has such a strong passion for what she does.

AWSM Protest with ESPN

The Association for Women in Sports media is protesting a scene from a show on ESPN where a female journalist is showcased flirting with a player.

This comment by Broadcasting & Cable quoted,"Unfortunately stereptypes still exist about female sports journalists, Playmakers is only doing harm by perpetuating them."

Two Cents, Broadcasting & Cable, 10/27/2003

A League of Their Own

The article A league of Their Own was written a while ago in the Wall Street Journal. It touches on a lot of things already written about but I though it summarized this field quite nicely. Hannah Storm is featured and revealing her struggles in this field. It was after three years at CNN when she became a female sports anchor. Suzyn Waldman is mostly known as a radio Sports personality. She was the first male or female heard on the station 1987. In the article there is an interesting paragraph quoting Waldman about women entering men’s locker rooms and I thought what she said gave a different angle from what I have previously researched.

“There is a level of distrust. There are the usual incidents involving the locker room – the issue everyone harps on when it comes to women covering sports. Lesley Visser even jokes about it. We used to count the seconds until they asked about the locker room. It was usually 30”. Bonnie Bernstein says that while the most players have always been respectful. There is occasionally an at6hlete who will drop his towel and see how you react. But the truth is for most of the women like Ms. Storm or Ms. Roberts – and the many other female studio hosts, color analysts, sports anchors, etc. – there is rarely a need to enter the locker room.”

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Should Sports Brodcasters be Allowed in Athletes Locker Rooms

Since this article was so long it needed another point brought up. How should a woman, or a man journalist act in the locker rooms while interviewing athletes? Believe it or not there are some rules many of the journalists follow.

“Several men sports reporters, most of whom sympathized with Olson, gave
accounts of how they conduct themselves in the locker room. Women must be
more cautious than their male counterparts in their interactions with the

The article went on to say that most journalists look at their notes and the athletes eyes they are interviewing. They said that if they have a notebook it keeps their eyes on the page and not wondering around.

“Men sports reporters cannot be charged with looking, it seems that the women
cannot escape it. If they act just like their male counterparts, they risk
being deemed voyeurs who find the locker room a turn-on.”

I have never really thought about professionalism in a men’s locker room. If you think about it, it would be extremely hard to keep your eyes down on paper when there are penises everywhere!! It’s like a bad car wreck, you know you should not look, but you at times can’t help it! It brings up the same issue that has been around for years, should men be allowed in women’s locker rooms and should women be allowed in men’s.

The information on this is found through database jstor and the title of the paper is When a Looker is Really a Bitch: Lisa Olson, Sport, and the Heterosexual Matrix, by Lisa Disch and Mary Jo Kane

When a Looker is Really a Bitch

Most all women have experienced sexual harassment; okay let’s face it most men have too. When is the line drawn where enough if enough? What should be valid reasons for dismissal? This article was really good.

The article approached all sides and angles of sexual harassment in locker rooms. Should a woman be scrutinized for looking at a naked man in a locker room when he is clearly flaunting himself at her? Sports broadcasters say this is just part of the job. Even men have been harasses in locker rooms (which does not happen as often).

Lisa Disch and Mary Jo Kane did a research project on Lisa Olson a sports reporter for the Boston Herald. It is called “When A Looker is Really a Bitch: Lisa Olson, Sport, and the Heterosexual Matrix”. Basically it focused on Olson’s experiences interviewing men as well as other interviews with coaches, broadcasters, writers, etc.

The incident was initiated by one player who walked over to Olson and thrust his
penis toward her, asking “do you want to take a bite out of this?” It
escalated quickly as several more players paraded past her, “modeling” their
genitals in a mock strip tease while various others shouted: “Did she look, did
she look?”

This article was found through the database Jstor. Under the title or women in sports broadcasting.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Sexing up Sports features is a widely known for sexy photos of women (some in sports broadcasting). Sports Broadcaster Bonnie-Jill Laflin is one of the broadcasters featured on the site. In this article she talks about credibility in the field and what is or is not appropriate. It is interesting because of her quotes in the article verses her photos on her personal website and on

“I’m not guarded about doing anything sexual. I just think now, with the
line of work I’m in with the broadcasting; you have to be careful what you
do. Credibility is everything. You can’t be doing some things
because then you are perceived a certain way, even though you may not be that
way. Some girls show too much and it gets them in trouble.”

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Linda Cohn: Worked for free before she got a job

It is not the best thought to know that most sucessful people broadcasting sports (men or women) have had to work for nothing before landing a job. I have touched on this topic previously but felt it needed some more attention. Cohan ultamatly created a career for herself and had a lot of guts doing so.

Basically I volunteered. My first job was doing news at a radio station on
Long Island right after college and people would always say to me, "My goodness,
when you get to the sports in your news report you just totally perk up and
you're like so informative and you know what the heck you're taking about." So I
volunteered to cover the New York Islander hockey games because at that time the
Islanders were very good and the radio station I was working for covered
Islander games. So I basically volunteered to go out there, brought a little
tape recorder and put myself in position to show off what I know and also to
have other people see me. It's kind of like putting yourself into a situtation
to get a break and that's what I did. Sports directors at other radio stations
saw me and I got a job at a New York City radio station doing sports and then I
got a cable TV job at a local Long Island station.

Just about everyone in this field has said the same thing. Internships are so important. After getting an internship many people just stayed around working for free untill the employeer got sick of them and finally gave them a chance.

It sounds harder said than done if you ask me. I don't know many people who can afford working for free crossing their fingers they will get a job soon. I guess if their is a strong enough will their is a way to do just about anything. you have to give these people credit; they went through a lot to get where they are.

Katherine Lapher; women with a strong voice

I reciently read Katherine Lapher's biography; Leap Year. I had no clue who she was untill reading it, but she was a co-host on Air America with Al Franken. her biography explained her jump from a middle aged divorced news reporter to a radio personality.

She worked in a small town and moved to N.Y.C. The book explains the struggles she had to overcome dealing with sexism and harrassment in the workplace.

She has a strong openion but has always had to be careful when to voice it because as most people know; being a good journalist requires setting your personal views aside and getting accurate angles to provide a well rounded story.

Women and Minorties

Women own less than 5 percent of broadcast stations. This article points a finger at the FCC's poor decision making resulting to lower women and minorities in the broadcast field.

Ms. Magazine has the full story (Study Finds Women and Minorities Hurt by Media Consolidation).