The Maryland women's basketball team reacts to being seeded No. 3 and put in the same bracket as UConn and Duke for the NCAA tournament. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun video)
Things never change. A couple of years ago, I expressed my dismay in a letter to the editor over how The Baltimore Sun regularly features articles on local men's sports teams on the front page while burying news of women's teams inside, regardless of the subject matter. Today provided a perfect example. An article on the Maryland men's basketball team (“Terps families go the distance,” Jan. 22) appeared on page one. It's a nice feel-good story but of less sports significance than the article on Maryland women's basketball headlined, “UM-Ohio St. women might not be a rivalry, but stakes are high" regarding a game between high-ranked teams with postseason implications. That article appeared on page five.
I'm realistic and understand that men's basketball teams regularly garner more support because their financial benefits far exceeds that of women's teams; however, I don't understand why that should impact the coverage of men's versus women's teams in The Sun. Is there some covert financial benefit to such prioritizing? Such is women's plight. Perhaps some day with the attention that women seem to be getting in the media nowadays, change will ensue. I hope so.