Mar
01
1993

Super Bowl Sunday

A wake-up call on domestic violence

Super Bowl 1993

The Super Bowl is one of the most widely viewed television events every year. Unfortunately, many women’s shelters report that Super Bowl Sunday is also one of the worst days of the year for violence against women in the home. At the request of FAIR’s Women’s Desk and other advocates for women, NBC Sports aired a public service announcement (PSA) on domestic violence during the network’s coverage of this year’s Super Bowl. For too many households, the violence of football’s most-watched game is not confined to the TV screen. The Super Bowl brings together many activities that may “trigger” a […]

Jan
01
1992

Gender Bias in Televised Sports

Special Issue on Women, 1992

When CBS and ESPN covered the 1989 college basketball championships, commentators and graphics referred to the men's events as "The Final Four" and "The NCAA National Championship Game," while viewers were constantly reminded that they were watching the "Women's Final Four" and the "NCAA Women's National Championship Game." This presentation of women's games as derivative of a male standard signaled a consistent presentation of female athletics as inferior, according to a study of sports journalism sponsored by the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles that examined these basketball and tennis events. (The study was conducted by Margaret Carlisle Duncan, Michael […]

Jul
01
1987

Racism in Sports Journalism

Isiah Thomas

A USA Today survey (6/26/87) of minorities in sports media reveals that of the 254 writers who cover the 26 Major League Baseball teams, there are only four blacks, one Hispanic and one Asian. (Only six are women.) Of baseball’s 141 TV broadcasters, only five are black, all ex-players. No minority announcers are on English-language radio. At top national media— USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Sport, Inside Sports, NBC, ABC and CBS Radio—only two blacks cover baseball on a regular basis. Black basketball star lsiah Thomas sparked a controversy last month when he stated that race was a factor in sports […]