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I'm an aspiring sports journalist and am currently studying Professional Writing & Editing at RMIT with a view to completing a journalism degree. Sport plays a big part in my life and I don't think you will ever be able to take sport away from me no matter what I am doing or where I am in the world.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Mainstream media... out of touch with netball fans?

For too long, netball as a sport has been ignored as a sport by the mainstream media and it's about time that one of Australia's most popular sports with regards to participation is given a fair go.

The mainstream media is out of touch with netball and this can be demonstrated that only show interest when there is controversy, taking the current Anne Sargent "sacking" by ABC television.

Netball is a sport which has been viewed as being one which doesn't deserve media coverage and this attitude will change when the mainstream media decide to see that the sport is more than just a certain television network sacking an ex player from a commentary team.

It's all well and good to suggest that another sport which doesn't get much coverage over netball, but what makes netball worthy of coverage is the sport in general which Netball Australia are doing a sterling job in running based on previous administrations of it.

The Commonwealth Bank Trophy is considered by many to be the best national league netball competition in the world and whilst it has been domninated by the same teams every year, the foundations it lays for Australia to be a force on the international stage have been immense.

The ABC provide great coverage and exposure for netball in this country and in my opinion, the only reason why the mainstream commercial networks won't touch it is because virtually all television/network exexcutives are male.

Just a thought.... wouldn't it be great if CBT matches were shown live on commercial television in prime time just like football and international cricket is?

This might be a dream, but it's about time that the sports that struggle for coverage are accepted by the mainstream media and just placed on the too hard or not that good pile.


Blogger Pugs said...

Carbs, this has got to be a joke. Give it away mate and face the fact that no one really cares.

1:42 pm  
Blogger Ben Carbonaro said...

Why such a negative attitude, Pugs?

At least hear me out on this one, it really i a great sport anmd we don't need ngegative comments like ones you have posted in respose to my netball articles.

5:42 pm  
Blogger Pugs said...

Carbs, you're beating a dead horse mate. As much you may not like it, Sport is a male dominated aspect of life. Therefore netball will never gain media exposure because males don't want to read about it the paper or see it in the news and very little females care for sport in the media. If anything we should be pushing the PGA of Australia, A League and NBL as they are are 3 organisations where we are actually making an impact on a global scale yet the leagues continue to struggle.

10:44 am  
Blogger Ben Carbonaro said...

A dead horse?

I think the reason why the commercial networks will touch netball is because we still do live in a male dominated society to an extent.

If only this would change...

10:28 pm  
Blogger Pugs said...

But Carbs, who wants to watch netball???

8:13 am  
Blogger Ben Carbonaro said...

People do want to watch netball and I think if one of the commercial networks took it on it would attract viewers.

Sky Sports has just signed on with Netball England to telecast the the English Super League netball live and obviously the televison execs over there are not as unadventurous as they are here.

12:29 am  

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