Men vs. Women in Professional Sports

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Men Vs. Women in Professional Sports Ever since the ancient Greece, men have held athletic competitions or sports. It is only in modern times that women have had an opportunity to compete. Most sports still don't have men and women directly competing against one another. In the past athletic instructors adapted the rules to make sports less physically taxing for women. For instance in basketball, to ensure that girls maintain proper decorum, they were forbidden from snatching the ball and dribbling it more than three times in row. Females would not be considered strong enough to play a full-court basketball game until 1971. Women have struggled to be taken seriously as athletes for more than two centuries. Over the years, females have…show more content…
This incredible publicity is expected to cause an explosion of female interest in soccer, already the most popular sport among college-age females, according to a recent study by the National College Athletic Association. Members of the U.S. women's soccer team say they are relying on future generations to keep their team supplied with talent. To take advantage of its time in the spotlight, the team launched a twelve-city tour against a team of world all-stars in the months following its win. They wanted to demonstrate to the USSF (United States Soccer Federation) that a woman's professional league would attract crowds and be financially viable. Players say a league is needed to maintain the growth of women's soccer. Some female sports leagues have not been as successful. In 2001, there were a professional woman's football and soccer leagues launched. The football league had to close after only a few weeks due to lack of fan support and sponsorships as well as not having a television contract. The soccer league has faired somewhat better due to the huge national media attention the United States Women's soccer team received after winning the World Cup of Soccer in 1999. They however also suffer from little fan support and no television contract. Men have fared much better when it comes to professional sports. In almost every sport, there is a professional men's league
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