Monday, February 18, 2008

It's really sad how far women's college basketball still has to go before it is treated even close to the same level of men's sports.

I was watching a local newscast from my hotel room in Pittsburgh last night and I was interested in how yesterday's UConn-Pitt game was presented to viewers. This is the rundown of topics the city's NBC affiliate presented in its 11 p.m. newscast:
1. Penguins-Sabres NHL game
2. Daytona 500
3. Look back at Pitt's men's game from Saturday
4. Rutgers/Notre Dame men's basketball
5. Look back at the Duquesne men's basketball team's loss to Richmond

Now maybe I am biased when I shouldn't be, but Pitt does have a nationally ranked team and they played the No. 2 team in the country and it was a "Think Pink" game. After the game, Pitt coach Agnus Berenato said how her goal is to have 6,000 fans a night at a great facility. That may seem simple for fans in Connecticut because there is a long tradition of success, but getting people to care is tough. If the local media doesn't care, then the casual fan will never care, either.

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