Depending on how much ESPN you watch, you may or may not be aware that the Women’s World Cup is currently in progress. It’s nothing new that…

Depending on how much ESPN you watch, you may or may not be aware that the Women’s World Cup is currently in progress. It’s nothing new that female sports get less attention than male sports, but it’s especially notable now, since the World Cup is pretty much the largest sports event in the world. There are a few explanations for why women’s sports in general get less coverage and are less popular than men’s sports. Male sports leagues have been around longer, so they already have a fan base that female sports lack. There’s also the controversial argument you can make that women’s sports are of lower quality. Even if you cite factual differences in speed, height, and weight between men and women, people still tend to get upset with the contention that male sports are “better.” Regardless, with the Women’s World Cup in full swing and the United States currently dominating, people would do well to abandon their preconceptions and watch a game or two.
– Will