November 27, 2013 at 4:03 PM
The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota, in partnership with tptMN, will debut a groundbreaking documentary that uses research to examine the amount and type of coverage given to female athletes.
Titled “Media Coverage and Female Athletes,” the piece will air Dec. 1 on tptMN and Dec. 8 on LIFE channel...in Minnesota. For the rest of us, we can order a DVD online or streaming on the TuckerCenter.org website in mid-December.
Those entrenched in girls and women in sport are far too aware of the disappointing numbers. As found by the Tucker Center, while 40 percent of all sports participants are female, women’s sports receive only 2-4 percent of all sport media coverage. The center also found most female athletes are more likely than male athletes to be portrayed in sexually provocative poses.
The Seattle Times is even guilty of following the norm. Tough decisions made for travel and space are often gauged on attendance.
November 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Unbelievable. Two of the most dynamic players in women’s basketball have only faced each other five times as opponents? And never teamed together?
Yeah, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke just turned 50. But her stellar playing career spanned so many decades, it’s hard to believe the Olympian didn’t team with another Olympic star with longevity in Dawn Staley, 43. Or at least had some epic battles as professionals. Yet, it’s true from what I could research.
Southern California’s game against South Carolina on Monday is the first time since 2003 Cooper-Dyke and Staley will play each other. And this time it’s as coaches. In the WNBA, the pair played each other five times because Staley began her professional career in the defunct ABL. Cooper-Dyke averaged 25.5 points in winning the first two matchups in Staley’s first WNBA season in 1999 and was 4-1 overall against Staley’s Charlotte Sting.
Flash forward to present time and the Trojans hired Cooper-Dyke in April to replace former head coach Michael Cooper (who was recently hired by the Atlanta Dream). Staley is in her sixth season with the Gamecocks, looking for win No. 99 at the Galen Center on Monday.
The matchup tips at 5pm (PST) on the Pac-12 Networks.
October 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Now that the kids have been dismissed, the WNBA’s proven stars can prepare for an intriguing WNBA Finals matchup. Two of the league’s top-5 scorers in Maya Moore (Minnesota) and Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta) will lead their teams in a best-of-five Finals that tips Sunday at 5:30 pm (PT) on ESPN.
If I had trusted my gut, the Western side would have been my preseason pick to make it this far. Instead, I was one of many sucked into the WNBA’s “Three to See” hype in draft picks Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne, and Skylar Diggins. While Delle Donne did lead Chicago to the regular-season Eastern Conference title (my prediction), Diggins’ Tulsa didn’t even advance to the postseason and Griner’s Phoenix was swept by Minnesota.
The Lynx (4-0) were ticked at the early predictions, using its own “Three to See” campaign for Moore, G Seimone Augustus and PG Lindsay Whalen. Win the 2013 title and the trio can dust off that dynasty talk it tried to self-proclaim in 2011 when the Lynx won its first championship.
The definition of a dynasty in sports is to win multiple, successive championships and the Lynx fell 3-1 to Indiana for the 2012 WNBA title. But Minnesota has won three consecutive conference championships to join luminaries Detroit (2006-08), Los Angeles (2001-03) and Houston (1997-2000).
A possible “dynasty” just in time for legend Tina Thompson’s exit, the last member of the WNBA’s original dynasty. Her Comets won the league’s inaugural four championships — a feat untouched. Competition has improved so much, modern teams can’t even manage back-to-back titles. The Sparks were the last to do so in 2001-02. McCoughtry’s Dream (4-1) swept the defending champion Fever to advance to the Finals.
Successive trips to the Finals isn’t bad for a Minnesota team once just a trivia answer to what team was Seattle playing when PG Sue Bird broke her nose (bonus points if you can name the player). Whalen had experience, losing to the 2004 Storm team for the WNBA championship and making five trips to the Finals overall in her 10-year career. The difference-maker for the Lynx is Moore.
September 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Rookies Brittney Griner, the 6-foot-8 Phoenix center, and Elena Delle Donne, the 6-5 Chicago forward, did their job in drawing more fans to WNBA seats and telecasts for the 2013 season. Delle Donne’s Sky saw a 17 percent increase in attendance from the averaged 5,573 fans Chicago drew in 2012.
Phoenix saw a 9 percent bump from its 7,815 in 2012 while the Indiana Fever was third in increased attendance, up 8 percent from its 7,582 average in 2012. The WNBA conveniently stopped providing the hardcore averages for its attendance this season — percentages without reference to actual numbers does look better in print, you know — so it surmised its total attendance saw a 1 percent increase overall. The league averaged 7,457 fans in 2012, an all-time low.
Because I have a calculator and time, the Storm, sans All-Stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson, averaged 6,980 fans in 2013. In Seattle, where KeyArena’s environment and fans are the envy of the WNBA, the figure is a dramatic dip from the 7,489 fans in 2012 – which ranked seventh in the WNBA. The Storm’s best season remains its inaugural one in 2000 when it averaged 8,912. But since Force 10 Hoops purchased the team in 2008, the Storm has averaged more than 8,000 fans in three seasons (2008, 2010, 2011).
I blame this season’s dip more on a failure to market more than Bird and Jackson in the past, fans not knowing players like G Tanisha Wright, F Camille Little and the addition of F Tina Thompson are worth seeing, too, hence the 10th consecutive playoff berth. But I digress.
August 26, 2013 at 12:47 PM
Not that the Pac-12 is heavily featured, but big news for women’s hoops fans overall. Here’s the release about ESPN’s 2013-14 broadcasting package:
ESPN Announces Sunday Women’s College Basketball Package on ESPN
Return of Big Monday on ESPN2 Begins January 13
The top Division I women’s basketball programs in the nation will be showcased in a new ESPN Sunday afternoon package, in addition to ESPN2’s Big Monday presented by Bud Light series. The five-week series – a first for women’s college basketball – will begin February 2. The popular weekly Big Monday series on ESPN2, in its eighth season, will run from January 13 to March 3, including doubleheaders on January 27 and February 10.
All games will be accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
July 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Thank goodness for my iPad. It’s going to be a busy weekend trying to fit in my first live Renton River Days and Seafair weekend (can’t wait to see the Miss Seafair coronation at the Torchlight Parade) while also keeping up with the FIBA U19 World Championship and 2013 WNBA All-Star Game, the league’s 11th annual.
The WNBA is up first online at ESPN3.com. The league will air the Western and Eastern Conference practices from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on Friday at noon PT. Storm All-Star Tina Thompson will rep Seattle. Follow her Instagram account (@iamtinathompson) for cool pics from the weekend and even the kickoff with former teammates and family after Seattle defeated her native Los Angeles on Thursday at Staples Center.
Next up is the USA U19 squad. The winner of the Americans game against Japan on Friday will face Australia in the U19 World Championship semifinal in Lithuania on Saturday. In-coming Washington freshman PG Kelsey Plum is on the team, although UConn stars Breanna Stewart (18.2 points), Morgan Tuck (15.3 points) and Duke standout Alexis Jones (4.5 assists) are the headliners.
The first semifinal matchup airs on ESPN3 at 8am PT between Spain (7-0) and France (6-1). The Aussies (6-1) are expected to play the Americans at 10:15am on ESPN3.com on Saturday.
July 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM
You can bet Storm F Tina Thompson would rather spend this weekend with family in Los Angeles. She played her final regular-season game at Staples Center on Thursday, retiring this fall after a storied 17-year career in the WNBA. Instead, the four-time WNBA champion is headed to Connecticut to participate in the league’s 11th All-Star Game.
Thompson, 38, was added on Thursday as an injury replacement for Phoenix rookie Brittney Griner. While the 6 foot 8 C has been all over to pub the league since the WNBA tipped in May, Griner hasn’t played her past five games due to a left knee sprain. She was voted an All-Star starter by fans.
Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve, who’ll lead the Western Conference stars due to winning the 2012 conference title, will name a replacement in the starting lineup later. Reeve has four players on the squad while the Sparks have three to dominate the West lineup. San Antonio (Danielle Robinson), Tulsa (Glory Johnson) and now Seattle have one player apiece. Phoenix All-Star Diana Taurasi will also rep the Mercury at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The midsummer classic airs on Saturday at 12:30 pm PT on ABC.
Technically, being placed on the team in this manner isn’t ideal for Thompson, an eight-time All-Star. Saturday’s game marks a record-ninth All-Star appearance, placing Thompson ahead of C Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles) and F Tamika Catchings (Indiana). Leslie competed in eight WNBA All-Star Games in 12 seasons; Catchings is set to participate in her eighth this weekend.
July 21, 2013 at 2:56 PM
I can’t believe Zags coach Kelly Graves isn’t a fan of “Man vs Food,” but he’s stuck with the English program as the USA U19 team plays in the FIBA U19 World Championships this month in Panevezys, Lithuania. Graves is serving as an assistant coach, the team advancing to the second round as the top seed and facing Netherlands (1-2) on Monday at 10:15am PT.
Incoming freshmen Emma Wolfram (Gonzaga) and Kelsey Plum (Washington) are participating in the tournament, Wolfram for her native Canada. Wolfram’s team faces the Americans on Tuesday at 10:15am PT. FIBA is providing coverage of the event.
Graves has been blogging from the tournament. He gives details of his living quarters and TV viewing in his third installment. Perhaps the programing gets better for the known insomniac, maybe even getting a chance to see Sunday’s premier of “Celebrity Wife Swap,” featuring WNBA legend Lisa Leslie. Then, again, Graves’ probably too busy to have ever heard of that show before, either.
Here’s Grave’s’ latest post:
On The Road With Coach Graves – USA Basketball Blog 3 (July 21, 2013)
I’ve been in Lithuania now for about six days and have really come to like this place. The people are nice, and it is beautiful, even though it’s a flat country. Driving the two hours from the capital Vilnius to where we are playing now, Panevezys, I thought I was driving through Iowa or something with all the beautiful farmland. It has rained pretty much every day we’ve been here though (but we’re not soccer and it’s always dry in the gym so who cares, right?). I was worried coming in about the food but so far so good and they feed us a lot—going to have to get back on the food wagon again when I get home. The players took some time warming up to the food, but just like with your kids at home–they’ll eat it if they’re hungry enough. Me, I’m always hungry! The hotel is interesting. I have three beds in my room, I’m going to call them 1/2 twin size–literally, if I put all three together it would be a queen, but heck, I’m sleeping great. The TV in the room is a 12″, bolted to the ceiling in the far corner. I have to squint to see anything, but again, it doesn’t matter much because there’s only one station that’s in English and as far as I can tell, it shows only a combination of PBS type documentaries and B-list cable channel shows that I’ve never seen. But they must love “Man vs. Food” because that’s on twice a night at midnight. I’ve never heard of it and have a strange feeling that I will never watch it again after I get home. Thank goodness for iTunes–that and game film have saved me.
July 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM
UPDATE: The USA U19 Team defeated China 103-56 in the second game of the FIBA U19 World Championship on Friday. UW freshman PG Kelsey Plum was scoreless in 12 minutes of play, missing her three three-point attempts. The Americans (2-0) will play Mali (0-2) on Saturday at 10:15 am (PT).
Washington PG Kelsey Plum, an in-coming freshman, will be part of the USA U19 World Championship Team that plays China (1-0) at 10:15 am PT on Friday. FIBA will provide live stats of its U19 World Championship tournament.
The Americans (1-0), who have Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves as an assistant, defeated Lithuania 113-47 in the FIBA U19 World Championship opener on Thursday in Panevezys, Lithuania. Plum played 16 minutes against Lithuania (0-1), finishing with seven points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists in the game. Connecticut star Breanna Stewart led the USA with 26 points on 8-for-11 shooting in 20 minutes.
Plum is part of UW’s best in-coming class in program history. The group is led by C Katie Collier, who missed the 2012-13 season due to a knee injury. She’s rehabilitated and cleared to play. F Chantel Osahor and G Brianna Ruiz round out the freshmen class. First-year coach Mike Neighbors also signed former Miami C Macy Keen this offseason but she’s ineligible to play until 2014-15 due to NCAA transfer rules.
May 31, 2013 at 9:12 AM
Storm Announces Partnership with KING Broadcasting
All 2013 Storm Games will be Available on TV, Radio or Web Stream
SEATTLE – The Seattle Storm will broadcast every game of the 2013 season on the radio, television or online to provide fans with numerous ways to watch the Storm.
The Storm will have two nationally televised games on ESPN2; one away game against Phoenix on Aug. 6 and one home game against Los Angeles on Aug. 20. NBA TV will carry three away games, with the first coming on June 21 against San Antonio, followed by a July 25 game against Los Angeles and a third game on Aug. 23 versus Phoenix.
In addition to the games on ESPN2 and NBA TV, the Storm and KING Broadcasting have announced a partnership to broadcast home games for the 2013 WNBA season on KONG and Live Well Seattle. This is an ideal pairing, as KONG is a local station that reaches the Puget Sound and Live Well Seattle is a network devoted entirely to delivering programming for women who value health and wellness.
“We are excited to announce that for the 2013 WNBA season, we are able to provide our fans with a consistent location to view Storm games on local television,” President & CEO Karen Bryant said. “We believe Live Well Seattle’s mission aligns with that of the entire Seattle Storm organization, including our loyal fans. With the ability to have all home games on television, we are confident our passionate fan base will continue to grow as a wider viewing audience experiences what Storm basketball is all about.”
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