Fill the Air

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Casey Dobson
Assistant Editor-in-Chief

There is nothing going on in the sports world right now. That’s not an opinion, it is a fact. Everything has been cancelled, postponed, or some other synonym for paused. Among other questions, this leaves a glaring hole in the programming schedules of sports networks worldwide. So allow me to offer a solution…

How about instead of drowning the airwaves in hours upon hours of anchors and analysts grappling for opinions, theories, and bloopers, program directors commit to showing all of the women’s games and events that were once deemed “not worthy” of national network coverage. Not only will this put the talking heads out of their misery, but it will be something new to watch, because among the opinions constantly being aired, the remaining network time is being dedicated to reruns of men’s events we have seen live and on highlight reels since the final whistle. Due to the perception of women’s sports globally, practically nobody has seen a second of games like the Canadian women’s national team Olympic qualifying.

            For followers of the sports world, what happens on the field, the court or the diamond has always offered an escape from whatever happens off of it. As a lifelong fan, I am the first person to tell you that sports have always been a safety blanket, something to hide under while nothing feels right. So in this time where we need that kind of safety blanket as a society more than ever and it has been ripped away from us, would it not make sense to offer people the next best thing? Something with all the same qualities that have caused us to fall in love with the national leagues, that we’ve really never truly seen before because some higher-ups didn’t want to offer it the same respect.

Originally Published on Vol.49 Issue 11 on March 18th, 2020