What will it take? My fear is that the male-dominated media (yes, I'm
generalizing) has already relegated the sport to oblivion. They chose to promote
basketball because they understood it. They still are insufferably condescending
in their coverage, but, in their eyes, it's a legitimate sport--and volleyball is
How'd we end up being second banana to basketball?
What I don't understand is why girls/women aren't making their voices heard.
Women's volleyball has incredible numbers of participants, is ten times the game
of Women's Basketball, and is the perfect game to display the skills of a female
athlete. So why's the popularity of volleyball as a spectator sport on the
Fill the stands! The coverage will follow.
And, of course, Chris is right. We have to let 'em know we're watching--and that
we care about what we're watching. But I really believe it's the female half of
our community who will make or break this sport...
> The best way to get more volleyball on television is watch the existing
> volleyball telecasts. That will insure a solid rating for the show, which will
> in turn influence more sponsors to support future volleyball events.
> The NCAA semi's and final will be shown:
> semi # 1 Thursday Dec. 17 live 8:00PM EST
> semi # 2 Friday Dec. 18 taped 11:59PM EST
> final Saturday Dec. 19 taped 4:00PM EST
> The coordinating producer of ESPN indoor volleyball is :
> Tina Thornton
> ESPN Plaza
> Bristol, Conn 06010
> After the shows, write to her and let her know what you liked or disliked about
> the NCAA telecasts. We need to show the networks that there are thousands and
> thousands of volleball fans that are VERY interested in vollyball's future!
> I've just gotten on to the internet and would like to hear what you think. So
> please post or E-MAIL me.
> Chris Marlowe