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Gibson: People don't like watching girl's sporting events over men's

On January 17, 2011

Going to any type of sporting event is usually followed with most of the same things; large crowds and screaming fans. However, if you really think about it, most of all of those games are men's games.

As a female student athlete, I can tell you that the atmosphere of the crowd is never the same at a women's game and a men's game. This subject is one that no one really talks about but everyone knows it is true; people don't like watching girl's sporting events as much as they do watching guys.

Why? People have different reasons, or excuses for that matter. The only women's sporting event that I know that mostly men will finally want to go watch would be volleyball and well; we all know why that's true.

It's because they don't have time or they have other things to do, but you see them at the men's game right after the women's game.

People in my high school judged

my basketball team on just the last five minutes they would see of our games. They would say "I don't want to watch the girls play because they aren't good," but they didn't see how good we played together as a team or the things we accomplished even though we lost.

We aren't counted as a "good team" because it is only based off of the final score. That is the only thing people see at the women's games.

The student body usually only comes to games if the women's team is amazing, if they are playing a rival school (so they can show how much team spirit they have by just showing up to one game) or they only catch the very end of the game (so they can get good seats for the men's game that will happen right after it). It's sad but true.

If you notice, almost every single NBA men's basketball game can be televised for anyone to watch. This is also the case with any NCAA Division I school; however, does anyone even notice that the WNBA women's games are almost never televised. Why? Because no one feels the need to watch?

As a female athlete, I have gotten very used to this kind of thing. As a little kid, it didn't matter what sex you were, you were just playing a game and you didn't care who was in the stands watching you.

However, as we start to get older, we begin to love the game we play not only because of the game itself, but because of the rush of the audience and the people who will be watching us play.

In an ESPN article by Graham Hays, he writes "Women can join men's clubs and the old-boys network, but they'll never take sports." He also writes "Women aren't as fast, don't jump as high and don't kick as hard as their male counterparts."

Sure, we may not be able to always jump as high, or run as fast as some men, but I guarantee there is always someone in this world that is better than you at something, and that one person could be a woman.

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