Most people go to sporting events for the excitement of the game or even in anticipation of a home team victory. But have you ever thought about both genders getting the same amount of support? While asking around there were many different opinions about who gets the most support men or women. From experts to sports fans to novice game watchers, everyone has an opinion about if gender matters when it comes to who deserves the most media coverage.
Some reasons why people favor male athletes is because of their physical capabilities, such as a fast-paced game, slam dunks, and hard hits to name a few. Whereas female sports are looked at for the “womanly trait” and not really how competitive they can be. According to The Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) estimates that in 2013, women’s sports received 7 percent of coverage and 0.4 percent of the total value of commercial sponsorships. This data shows that commercial companies want to sponsor the best athletes not by skill but by popularity.
Based on a recent twitter poll 76 of respondent votes, 91 percent said men, 4 percent said women, and 5 percent said support is shared equally. Notably, several levels of sports fans, some high school, some college, and some professional team sport fans. “The boys team always gets the student body crowd, even placing he girls game after the boy’s game we still have a smaller crowd,” said Justin Martineau, coach of girls’ basketball team at De La Salle High School.
Middle schoolers may not have a rigorous sports schedule like upper level sports, but they do however compete against schools that are shared in their districts. Jackie Ewell, girls’ basketball and cabbage ball coach at Alice Hart Charter had a different answer to the poll. “Honestly, we have more students come see our girls play rather than the boys,” said Ewell, “our girls have a more confident skill than the cockiness of skill. With the boys, it’s quite evident that they’ve played pee wee ball somewhere so you have the ball-hog, the kid that shoots all the time, where our girls its more team involved,” Ewell said.
Kaelin Maloid, editor of the Xavier Herald, attends multiple sporting events on campus and she also believes that men are favored more than the women. “Between attending men games and women games, I feel because Xavier has majority women they tend to want to watch the men play over the women,” Maloid said.
Another Xavier student, sophomore Karla Martin, also agreed the men get more fans. “I like excitement for basketball and I don’t really get that from watching the girls play, so I choose to go mainly when the boys have a game,” Martin said.
Rene Causey, a female athlete, had the chance to play both high school and college basketball. “I’ve played travel ball, school ball and even street ball, I just love the game,” Causey said, “Because I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to play on different levels, I’ve seen firsthand the difference in support for female sports than male sports. My guess would be that men dunk in there their games, and since when normally don’t that’s not exciting for people to watch,” Causey said.
Darryl Craig, a senior at Grambling State University, played sports in high school, and he remembered that at his high school the support was equal. “I went to McDonogh #35, both the girls and the boys had competitive games that everybody wanted to see.” Craig said “My classmates were supportive of each other so I wasn’t around the environment where one gender had more support than the other.”
Many people who follow women college basketball know that University of Connecticut (UConn) is the most dominant Division I team. They are on yet another record-breaking season with 106 wins back-to back. But if you don’t follow women college basketball then you may not know that, Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) women basketball team has 29 championship titles and the men basketball team has 19. “I don’t think people look at the stats unless they are big fans of that sport,” said Darryl Coulon, sports fan, “I say that to say if people don’t pay attention to the sport then they won’t even know to care about the stats of a team.”
During an interview, The Undefeated In-Depth: Serena with Common that aired in EPSN, the two discussed issues about racial bias, and gender bias in sport. Serena made this statement, “I were a man I would’ve been in the greatest of all time conversation a long time ago, just because I am a woman made me feel time after time I had to prove it on the tennis court.”