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Male/Female Athletes Treated Differently

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Throughout the world, male sports are more frequently watched than female sports. Sports with males included are thought to be more competitive and entertaining. The majority of people who watch sports are men. Women’s sports are placed below men’s sports in the sporting hierarchy, regardless of how good the woman or the team is. Women therefore do not experience as much respect.
Male athletes receive more publicity, endorsement deals, and television time than other female athletes. Even in the Olympics, there are several differences in the way female and male sports are portrayed. “In terms of time allocation, men received more than three-fifths of the airtime for single gender sports. Men also accounted for 75% of the most mentioned athletes.” Sportscasters also framed men’s and women’s successes and failures in unalike ways. “ Male athletes’ achievements were more frequently attributed to athletic ability and commitment to the sport, whereas women’s successes were more likely to be put down to luck. When female athletes failed, their physical ability and commitment were questioned, whereas men’s failures were presented in the context of their competitors’ success. “ Women struggle with receiving endorsement deals. They also don’t receive as many ads or commercials to increase their popularity that male athletes do.
Men and women equality has drastically increased over the past decades. You see more and more girls playing roles in sports that are dominated by men than you would twenty years ago, such as football or basketball. There has been a growth in the number of women who participate in sports, receive scholarships, and benefit from increased budgets. The number of sporting events available for women has increased. “At the 2012 Olympic Games held by London, female participation increased drastically. The Olympics were held in London two previous times. In 1908, male athletes outnumbered female athletes 53 to 1. In 1948, the ratio had decreased 10 to 1. The 2012 Olympic games only had 1114 more men than women.” Women started participating in the Olympics in 1900, where there were only 21 female athletes competing. By 2012, only three nations haven’t been represented by a woman in the Olympics. “ In 2007 Wimbledon announced for the first time, it would provide equal prize purses to male and female athletes. Now all four Grand Slam events offer equal prize money to the champions.” That is just one example of when men and women were treated equally on the same playing surface.
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In terms of revenue, male sports do much better than female sports. Male sports teams and individual male athletes make much more money than their female counterparts. “ Women’s teams receive only 38% of college sport operating dollars and 33% of college athletic team recruitment spending. In NCAA Division I-A, head coaches for women’s teams receive an average salary of $850,400 while head coaches for men’s teams have an average of $1,783,100.” Men in college are awarded more scholarships than women even though females comprise almost 60% of the college student population. “ Men have substantially more employment opportunities than women in college sports. Women are 16.9% of the Athletic Directors, 44% of the head coaches of women's teams, 2% of the head coaches of men's teams, and 27.8% of the full time athletic trainers.” The gap between male and female earnings widens going from the collegiate level to the professional level. “ The total prize money for the PGA tour, $256 million, is more than five times that of the LPGA, $50 million. For a WNBA player in the 2005 season, the min salary was $31,200 and the max was $89,000. For a player in the NBA, the min salary was $385,277 and the max was $15.355 million.” In the world of sports, the disparity of pay between male and female is greater than the workers of the United States, where women earn 77 cents to every dollar earned by men. Athletic budgets are almost always set in favor of the men.
In conclusion, men and women aren’t being treated the same in sports. Male athletes and male sports make much more money than their female counterparts. People around the world tend to enjoy male sports better. They are more competitive and entertaining. Female sports and athletes don’t receive as much publicity, endorsement deals, and television time as male sports and athletes. Men and women have different rules even if they are in the same sport. They get handicaps because they are thought as the weaker sex. The sports world tries to make things easier for the women, but some women don’t think they should have handicaps. Those women think they should be able to compete against men. Women participation in sports has increased rapidly. They are starting to be more involved in sports from high school to the professional level. Even though they are more involved, there is still inequality in the way they are treated in every sport.
Male/Female Athletes Treated Differently
Tiger Woods and Maria Sharapova are the highest paid athletes for their gender. Serena Williams is second. Tiger's salary is higher than both of theirs combined.
This is the USA Olympic track, basketball, and soccer teams.
Women are equipped with more handicaps in sports that are shared by men and women. They have different rules in similar sports. Women are thought to be the weaker sex, so the sports society tries to make it easier for them. “ Men’s pro tennis players play five sets, while women play only three.” Some people think women and men should and could compete together, in sports that don’t require brute strength like boxing or weightlifting. “ Keeping men and women separate is denying those women who are capable of competing against men with the same rules and the same distances. It’s patronizing that women are treated differently as if the only way a man can be competed against is by making things easier for women.” Women are also more injury prone. They are two to six times more likely to suffer an injury than men. In particular, women are more prone to knee injuries and ACL problems. Women tend to have weaker, smaller muscles supporting their knees, and there ligaments are usually more lax. The difference lies in the interplay between form, alignment, body composition, physiology, and physical performance. Men are basically built different and can perform things easier that women will have to try harder for. “By around age ten to twelve, when these physical differences become more prominent, we start to see girls perform differently than boys. Girls reach skeletal and physiological maturity earlier than boys. Women have more body fat and less lean body mass. Males are not as flexible as women and have more developed muscles. They are structured differently and have the bodies to endure years of sports.
These women competed with men in NASCAR, MLB, and NCAA Football
Volleyball, basketball, and soccer are the sports with the most female injuries to ankles and knees.
The Miami Heat and the Minnesota Lynx both won a 2013 championship. Both men's and womens UCONN Huskies teams won a 2014 championship.
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