Jun 19 2015

Despite Soaring Popularity, Women’s Sports Got More Coverage a Generation Ago

Total Sports Coverage (Communications & Sports)

While many might conclude that the news media are simply giving viewers “what they want,” our data suggest that the news media, through their commentary and coverage, help to build and sustain audiences and fans of men’s sports while containing any interest in women’s sports.

Jun 12 2015

Jessa Wilcox on Solitary Confinement, Cheryl Cooky on Women’s Sports Coverage

Solitary confinement cell at Alcatraz (cc photo: Justin Ennis)

Solitary confinement is discussed so matter-of-factly in US media that you wouldn’t guess that many people in the world consider it to be torture. Plus: Despite ever-growing popularity, women’s sports just don’t seem to garner big-time media interest.

Jan 28 2015

The Super Bowl Windfall Myth

Why media fall for sports industry's bogus economic claims

Super Bowl billboard in Times Square

Why media fall for sports industry’s bogus economic claimsWith Super Bowl Sunday approaching, expect plenty of media reports on the projected economic windfall for host city Glendale, Arizona. Last year, when the NFL announced that its big game would provide a $600 million boost to the New York/New Jersey economy, that figure promptly became a fixture in news coverage of the event (CNN, 1/24/14; Newsday, 1/22/14; FoxNews.com, 5/21/14). In one typical article, the New York Daily News (1/20/14) reported that city business owners were scurrying to grab a piece of the Super Bowl pie, quoting a local limo-service owner: “Nothing […]

Jul 04 2014

Dave Zirin on World Cup, Sarah Jaffe on Supreme Court


Much of the world is tuned into the World Cup. And while the drama on the field is on our TV screens, what about the wrenching political and economic upheaval in host country Brazil that has inspired millions to protest? That’s the World Cup story Dave Zirin has been reporting, he’ll join us to talk about it.

Also this week: The Supreme Court rulings in Hobby Lobby and Harris, though reportedly narrow, may have far-reaching impacts. Particularly as both almost exclusively affect working women. We’ll talk with Sarah Jaffe of In These Times.

Mar 09 2012

Conn Hallinan on Syria, Tom Tresser on the Olympics


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Journalistic access to the unfolding crisis in Syria is dangerous and sparse. But that hasn’t kept Western officials from insisting that the situation is black and white, with the Syrian regime of Bashir al Assad the bad actor, and rebel Syrian militias the good guys. How accurate is that? We’ll be joined by Conn Hallinan, former head of the journalism school at UC Santa Cruz and a columnist for Foreign Policy in Focus. Also on the show: Gearing up to host the Olympic Games means ribbon-cuttings at newly built venues and international media attention. […]

Aug 01 2011

On Lockout, NFL and Media Play on Same Team

TV deals give networks billions of reasons to root for owners

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TV deals give networks billions of reasons to root for ownersWhen it comes to reporting on labor disputes, corporate media don’t exactly have a track record of even- handedness. (See, e.g., Extra!, 4/11.) Throw in a $4 billion media investment, and you’ve got a story ripe for misreporting: the recent dispute between the NFL Players Association and the owners of what Forbes magazine (9/13/07) called “the richest sports league in the world.” The NFL labor conflict dates back to 2006. In March of that year, the owners—desperate to avoid a work stoppage—voted at the 11th hour to accept a new […]

Jul 23 2010

Thomas Ferguson on Wall St. reform, Michael Messner on women’s sports and TV


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: As the corporate media would have it, the new Wall Street reform bill is the most “comprehensive” overhaul of financial regulation since the Great Depression, and a huge victory for President Obama who it is said squared off with Wall Street in order to deliver the “sweeping” reforms. We’ll talk to University of Massachusetts professor Thomas Ferguson about the reality of the bill and how it was made. Also on the show: Americans are often said to be uninterested in soccer but recent excitement around the World Cup might suggest that Americans can get […]

Jul 01 2010

Cheerleading for ‘Abusive’ Mascots

Critics of Native American sports symbols are sidelined


Critics of Native American sports symbols are sidelinedOn April 8, 2010, the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education let stand its May 2009 vote to retire the University of North Dakota’s “Fighting Sioux” nickname and logo over the 2010-11 academic year. The decision marked the end of a bitter debate on the athletic use of Native American culture at the 13,000-student university. As expected, students, alumni and citizens of the university’s eastern Dakota host city, Grand Forks, expressed shock and rage over what one resident called the board’s “duplicitous” and “cynical” decision (Grand Forks Herald, 4/12/10). North Dakotans were […]