Coker Basketball

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This year I have been interning with the Sports Information Department. At all games I am able to attend, I have some kind of job. I’ve recorded games, sold tickets, kept stats, ran music, ran the scoreboard, and ran broadcast. Throughout the basketball season, I have noticed the local news show up to games with cameras. They, who are always men, usually show up around halftime of the women’s game and stay until the end of the men’s game. These cameramen either stay in the gym lobby for the second half of the women’s game, or they scout out spots to shoot for the men’s game. 

Coker’s media department is there for both games, taking pictures and video. They cover all sports and all genders. So why does the local news only cover the men? Generally men’s sports get more attention than women’s sports, this is the case for Coker basketball as well. Even in the stands, you see more people showing up for the second game of the day/night (the men’s). It is not just media coverage that discriminates. The crowd does too. Is this because of the lack of women’s coverage in the media? Is it because there is an internal bias in fans? What does this difference in coverage say about our society?twenty minutes the women play, yet it is constantly on during the men’s game. You see the cameraman running around the gym trying to get the best angles and footage to show on the nightly news.The little red recording light on the camera is never on for the final twenty minutes of the women’s game.