By Jon Friedman | Jon Friedmans Media Matrix May 24, 2013 at 2:14PM
Women sports journalists have never gotten the respect they deserve.
Sadly, there is a logical explanation: They're more often than not, very attractive.
This piece explains the syndrome quite well: http://www.thedailybeast.com/witw/articles/2013/05/24/for-women-in-sports-media-beauty-still-the-str...
It's ridiculous. There are many totally incompetent men working in sports journalism but they always seem to get a free pass for their incompetence.
Women, whether they're good or bad at their jobs, are invariably judged first as sex symbols on TV. It's a disgrace. No matter how many headlines "Lean In" gets as a feminist breakthrough, women will get hassled on the diamond, gridiron, basketball court and at a hockey rink.
I don't much welcome the intrusion of any sideline sportscaster cutting in during the play by play of a sports event. I think those in-game interviews are usually insipid, regardless of who is doing them. You know what I mean: "Coach, your team is down by 45 points at the half. How do you feel?" Or, "You just scored 8 goals to win the Stanley Cup -- how does it feel?" And yes, guys ask those questions, too.
But that doesn't mean that the likes of Fox Sports' Pam Oliver or ABC/ESPN's Doris Burke and Heather Cox -- three of the best women journalists in television sports of their time -- aren't doing their best to inform us.
Give female spots journalists a break. Don't hate them because they're beautiful.