My spring semester is coming to a close and I am starting my search for a full-time job in the sports media industry. As woman, I’m nervous to the gender barriers that may present themselves to me as I start applying and interviewing for positions in the industry. I decided to take a look at just how difficult it may be for me.
Bloomsburg University announced the dismissal of Joey Casselberry, sophomore first baseman after a vulgar tweet about Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis.
On March 13 I had the opportunity to talk to one of my idols in the sports media industry: Ann Ligouri. Ann is a pioneer in this field being the director, host and producer of her own show Sports Innerview, which was on air for 17 years. After many years of being unavailable for viewers, 50 episodes are now available on Hulu to watch. Now that her legendary show is coming back, it was a perfect time to talk to Ann about her career and how she got to where she is now.
We chatted on the phone so I did my best to record the audio for everyone to hear. My audio editing skills need some practice but the content is there and she has many amazing things to say.
In honor of International Women’s Day, I’d like to talk about some of the most important and influential women in sports today. There are so many women making a difference in the sports industry today so I’m going to highlight three of my favorite making waves today.
Beating a dead horse: Danica Patrick
On Saturday night, my social media was lighting up with comments on Ronda Rousey, the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. That fight marked her fifth UFC title defense, four of which have ended in the first round. This was no ordinary fight though.
I cheated on college basketball this weekend to watch Nascar… and I don’t regret it. Everyone who knows me knows that I am a huge college basketball fan and would choose watching it over hanging out with my friends any day – crazy, I know. Thursday night, instead of watching Maryland beat Nebraska in a close 69-65 game or Arizona top USC in a 30 point win, I watched the Budweiser Duels. On Sunday I missed out on the OSU vs UM basketball game with my dear buckeyes losing because I watched the Daytona 500. I was pulling for Ryan Newman to win because he is my dad’s favorite, unfortunately his fate was 38th. So behind Ryan Newman, I wanted Jimmie Johnson to win. Why is this relevant though? Well because of Danica Patrick, of course.
And many female athletes will continue to wait as well. It is no secret that women in sports notoriously receive a significantly less amount of media coverage than male athletes do. We’re used to that, right? We get less of everything in life like our paychecks, right?
I’m impatiently waiting for the 2016 Olympics in Rio so I’ve been watching clips of past Olympics games and USA athletes such as Michael Phelps, Shawn Johnson, Shaun White, Ryan Lochte, Gabby Douglas and the list goes on. But the one thing I noticed is the coverage of these athletes, not just specifically these five athletes, but of women and men as a whole, is uneven.