Thursday, December 15, 2016

*WNBA struggling to remain relevant

“After two decades, of being in existence the WNBA is struggling more than ever for relevance,” said Richard Sandomir, a sports reporter from the New York Times. The WNBA struggling to gain and hold long lasting public interest in the league. Even though the WNBA has an advantage of being backed by the NBA, that doesn’t mean that they get more air time or broadcasting. In the article,  WNBA Struggling For Relevance in the New York Times, it tells us about the struggles the WNBA has trying to stay afloat and gain relevance with everyone.

Building the league was the easy part, but when they built the league they didn’t think of how they were going to be funded or how the league would go over with people wanting to watch and follow the teams. The WNBA every year is sponsored by the NBA, and yearly they bring in about $25 million, which is just a mere sliver of the NBA’s $930 million. Owner of the WNBA Liberty team James Dolan said, “The WNBA hasn’t made money in past years, and there is a slim chance it will make money in the coming years.” With that being said, my understanding is that if the WNBA doesn’t start to generate money the league will collapses and be nonexistent, causing all the player to have to uproot their lives and move overseas if they want to further their careers of basketball.

Mary Jo, director of  the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sports, said that the women's league has always and still to this day takes a back seat to the men's league, even with the number of fans they have. She continued to say that women sports are looked over and are not considered a core “staple” in the world of professional sports. A new league President was hired and is trying to get more television coverage for the WNBA, in order to gain more viewers and attendance to games.

After everything the WNBA has gone through, they will give up on the dream of keeping the league alive. The article states that they don’t want to be the third women’s professional sports league to succumb to failure of staying intact. The owner of the Chicago Sky says, “ It’s not easy to get the word out about our league, we don’t have the support and all the free media. We have to fight hard for what we get. But I am optimistic that we will be able to pull through and remain what we are today.” It is sad that day to day these players, coaches, and owners have to worry about their league and for some their only source of income to be taken away from them because they have to take a back seat to the NBA.

As a High School basketball player, I find myself sometimes thinking it would be cool to be able to play in the WNBA, but then come back to reality that I am far from good enough to be able to make it. But for the people who are good enough to make it that far, it is sad that there is a chance there won’t be a league when it comes time for them to make their own appearance into the “ big leagues”. I feel that something should be done and that people should fight to keep the league alive for the current and the up and coming players.

Monday, December 12, 2016

*Title Nine An Impact On Women's Sports

On June 23, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed a document that gave women around the world more freedom in education and federally funded activities. This document is known as Title IX, which prevents sex oriented discrimination in anything that the federal government funds. This made it easier for women to participate in the activities that they had previously wanted to but were either not allowed to or were made fun of for wanting to do based on their sex. Any group from 1972 to present day, are no longer to discriminate based on a person's sex if they receive funding from a federal agency. Though Title IX is known for making education and activities easier for women to participate in, it doesn’t only apply to females. It also applies to males and gender nonconforming people. Title IX also gives aid to people in situations where they are being sexually assaulted and or harassed based on the gender they present themselves as. This ensures that students are not sexually taken advantage of due to being female or male. This was put into place so that in schools and even workplaces nobody was sexually harassed or discriminated upon due to what their sex is or what they look like. And if people were made aware of any of this going on and they didn’t put an immediate stop to it, the federal government would put an immediate halt on any money that the company, school or business was receiving from them. Title IX was implemented to make safer workplaces and schools for not only women but males and gender nonconforming peoples.

Title nine has impacted women in many ways, this was the opportunity for women to prove their athleticism was just as good as any man. The women were not allowed to compete in many competitions, could not get scholarships and were overall separated from equal rights. When title nine first started the participation for women's sports jumped to about 41% compared to 7% because they were able to have funding. For example Billie Jean King, who couldn’t get a tennis scholarship while studying at Cal State Los Angeles, campaigned for higher pay and professional treatment for women tennis players. When she created a league for women to compete in and later on having a tournament against the men's team called “battle of the sexes” she was most famous for defeating former Wimbledon champion and tennis player Bobbie Riggs. In 1973 a match captivated and changed the way women looked at themselves, one player had said “I just had to play,” announced in a news week paper and in another interview another lady had said “Title IX had just passed, and I wanted to change the hearts and minds of people to match the legislation.”

Title nine impacted women by equal access to higher education, more career opportunities, protection to pregnant women in schools, increased the amount of  aloud to teach in schools, it changed gender stereotypes in the classroom, fighting against sexual harassment stopped, access to all sports benefit ted women to play on varsity sports team to help show their talent, scholarships were now offered to women for academics and athletics, the self confidence in all women increased.

This world changing law  "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance” has helped shaped women into an understanding to be who they want to be without the help of others. Being able to compete in a sport they love with other women to earn scholarships or even just a medal, helps them build confidence, determination and a better understanding of life.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A New Rule In Basketball

A new rule has come about in the world of basketball, that affects what happens when a player is shooting a free throw. The people lined up on either side of the key can now leave when the ball is released from the shooters hands. Before you couldn’t leave until the ball hit the rim. But now everyone but the shooter can leave early. I feel that that gives an unfair advantage to the team who is not shooting the free throw. I believe that the shooter should be able to leave when the ball is released from their hands, so that way it's not four on two for the rebound.

The rule was set into place so that the teams could get into the boxing out position before the ball hit the rim and bounced off. They said that it gives both of the teams a better chance to get the rebound. But in all reality it doesn't give the team who is shooting the free throw any advantage. It gives less time for the shooter to get into position, and that team is already at a disadvantage due to that there is only three of them versus the four from the other team.

I feel that to make this a completely fair rule everyone should be aloud to go when the ball releases the shooters hands, as to make it fair for everyone. If the people who set the rule in place are afraid that it would cause to many line violations they shouldn’t have changed the rule to begin with. I believe that the shooter should be allowed to leave when the ball releases their hands so that it doesn’t give an unfair advantage to the other team.

I can see why they changed the rule because with the old rule there were many line violations. But with the new rule I feel that there is just as much because the shooter tends to leave a tad early because everyone else is doing the same thing. So, I think they either need to go back to the old rule or they need to change it to where the shooter can leave when the ball releases their hands just as everyone else can.