Jul 01 1998

Root, Root, Root for the Home Team

Local Media Push Public Subsidies for Private Stadiums

Local Media Push Public Subsidies for Private StadiumsThe day after voters in King County, Washington, had apparently approved a plan to hike the local sales tax by a tenth of a percent to fund a new ballpark for the Seattle Mariners baseball team (9/20/95), the Seattle Times got right to the point with its banner headline: “Stadium Leads by 4,000 Votes.” A photo showed exultant baseball fans raising their fists in glee at the early returns. As it turned out, the stadium-tax referendum was de­feated by a slim margin. But sta­dium backers needn’t have wor­ried: As has been the case […]

Oct 01 1996

Journalists as Gamblers

Tumbling dice (cc photo: Josh Kenzer)

Long Island (N.Y.) Newsday (8/2/96) ran an article about press coverage of Richard Jewell, whom news outlets widely named as a suspect in the Atlanta Olympic bombing despite the absence of any charges or publicly disclosed evidence. The piece included a quote from Jim Naughton, former managing editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who said: “If it turns out that this guy is totally innocent, then it will be another chink in the armor of the press, whose credibility will suffer.” But why should the credibility of the press depend on whether Jewell is innocent or not? Journalists are not psychics, […]

Nov 01 1994

Coverage of Women in Sports:

Q & A with Championship Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer

Q & A with Championship Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer“When I was growing up,” says Tara VanDerveer, “the only female athlete I remember reading about was Billie Jean King, but I kind of always felt that there would be something more, eventually, for women.” VanDerveer, 41, has been a basketball coach at Stanford for 10 years (winning two national championships), and before that she was at Ohio State. She coached the United States national team to a gold medal this summer at the Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia, and many expect her to be selected to coach at the 1996 […]

Mar 01 1993

Super Bowl Sunday

A wake-up call on domestic violence

Super Bowl 1993

A wake-up call on domestic violenceThe 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 […]

Jan 01 1992

Gender Bias in Televised Sports

Special Issue on Women, 1992

Special Issue on Women, 1992When 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 […]

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 […]