Earlier this year
Basis for mainstream media coverage (sports)
Watching the sports news the other night, it was loaded with stories of Women's AFL and women's cricket. These were the lead sports stories. What struck me is when they showed the highlights, there didn't look to be very many people in the crowd.
Which leads me to the question: on what basis should AFLW and Women's cricket be getting more coverage than say, the NBL? Sure, the equivalent men's competitions dwarf the NBL for audiences so to have their stories dominate the sports news makes sense - there are a lot of people interested in it.
I suppose the other argument is that the mainstream media wants to help grow and promote women's sport. Which is fine, but to which my counter is - where has the coverage of the WNBL been? Which by the way, is of a higher standard when compared to the men's game then when you compare AFLW to AFL men's.
I guess the other argument is that whilst the women's AFL and cricket comps still are growing their audience, we know that those sports in general are popular. Again, I could counter that basketball "generally" is a very popular sport in Australia too. Isn't kids participation right up there with footy?
Can someone with media nous explain this to me?