These days, “A League of Their Own” sounds like a quaint notion because the WNBA is the only significant survivor of all the women’s pro leagues started over the past eight years.
Why? As one reader pointed out in an e-mail message, the answer may be in the Associated Press report last week on a Pennsylvania State University poll of sports editors. Marie Hardin, one of the researchers, explained that the sports czars weren’t giving adequate coverage to women’s athletics because they believed the ladies were less interested in sports than men, despite increased participation.
Of course, I would argue that when it’s “no big deal” to see men and women competeing against each other, in the same sports, with the same rules, things’ll be a better, and we’ll worry slightly less about coverage… though it’ll be interesting to see who gets props by the media more often, and how much more talent will come into play, rather than “novelty.” Of course, by definition, any woman who’s “allowed” to “play” with the guys has gotta be twice as brilliant.