newsletter last week published its second “scrutinizing sports coverage” study of sports stories by gender.
Assisted by Tori Burstein and Hallie Martin, the three women tracked USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, New York Times; and ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNews.
Their findings: 107 of 1,530 sports stories (seven percent) in the six papers combined were about women’s sports, and 35.5 of 445.5 sports front page stories (7.9 percent) were about women.
The Los Angeles Times were tops with 23.5 of 279.5 total stories about women, and the New York Times were tops with 12.5 women’s sports front page pieces (45 total).
Gibbs’ team didn’t look at the six regularly scheduled daily talk shows mainly because they rarely talk women’s sports, but rather tracked replays, documentaries and sports-specific news shows, as well as such non-traditional sports as poker and E-sports.