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Kavitha Davidson

Kavitha Davidson

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  • Cannot think of two women more qualified, with more of a pedigree, to call NFL games than Andrea and Hannah. Sadly, we know how this is going to go: The mere sound of not one, but two women's voices in the booth is going to set off many fans, as we saw with Beth Mowins. (Here's my piece on that: http://www.espn.com/espnw/voices/article/20681034/that-visceral-feeling-hearing-the-monday-night-football-booth)

    But just as then, the impact of these women in the booth will be felt far beyond the men uncomfortable

    Cannot think of two women more qualified, with more of a pedigree, to call NFL games than Andrea and Hannah. Sadly, we know how this is going to go: The mere sound of not one, but two women's voices in the booth is going to set off many fans, as we saw with Beth Mowins. (Here's my piece on that: http://www.espn.com/espnw/voices/article/20681034/that-visceral-feeling-hearing-the-monday-night-football-booth)

    But just as then, the impact of these women in the booth will be felt far beyond the men uncomfortable with women calling routes, to the girls and women who can now quite literally picture themselves one day doing that job.

    It's also not a coincidence that Amazon is hinging a huge part of a forward-thinking mode of media consumption on a forward-thinking notion of who can and should cover -- and consume -- sports.

  • This is from five years ago, but it's fascinating: Did Jack Kerouac have CTE from football?

  • Love this. I have two tattoos -- both of which are easily hidden (not that that should matter), one of which is the chakra from the Indian flag. I'd love to hear an argument for why this is unprofessional in 2018.

  • In addition to his vast contributions to the politics of food, Anthony Bourdain was one of the first not to shun Asian/Indian cuisine as lesser. Every 1st-gen kid has a “smelly lunch” story. He’s largely a part of why, as adults, our smelly lunches have been stripped of shame and are now celebrated by our contemporaries. He was a force of inclusivity and culture, and will truly be missed. RIP Tony. Hope there are Salamanders in heaven.

  • I reviewed “The Tale,” one of the most ambitious films I’ve ever seen, which vividly depicts child sexual abuse through the adult eyes of the abused.

  • Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing sports betting could be a game changer for women’s sports.

  • A lot of talk on the implications of SCOTUS ruling on sports betting on college sports, but it also has the potential for a major shift in women's sports, too. More/deeper stats available, fans paying closer attention, increased viewership and interest are all potential outcomes.

    BUT if you look at the burgeoning practice of betting on women's sports in the UK and Ireland, where sports betting is highly industrialized, the jury's still out on whether these impacts are a good thing. The FA is particularly

    A lot of talk on the implications of SCOTUS ruling on sports betting on college sports, but it also has the potential for a major shift in women's sports, too. More/deeper stats available, fans paying closer attention, increased viewership and interest are all potential outcomes.

    BUT if you look at the burgeoning practice of betting on women's sports in the UK and Ireland, where sports betting is highly industrialized, the jury's still out on whether these impacts are a good thing. The FA is particularly concerned about match-fixing in women's sports.

    Then there are some who lament the potential for betting to corporatize and commodify women's sports -- these people appreciate the hard-nosed, fundamental aspect of the on-court action, much like college sports.

    The counter-argument to this, then, is that many women athletes not only deserve the same commercial/marketing treatment as men, but they want to be seen as players/workers as not just symbols. The cat's out of the bag when it comes to sports as big business, so the argument here is that women athletes should benefit from these revenue streams, too, rather than being relied on as ambassadors for a long-passed sense of "purity" in sports -- which, in turn, is the same argument against the myth of amateurism in college sports.

  • I might be riding a bit of a Yankee high, but this is so fascinating. Didi's definitely benefiting from the short porch in Yankee Stadium, on top of pulling the ball better, but he's also chasing the ball less.

    That's a theme throughout the Yankees' lineup -- for all the strikeouts last year, Aaron Judge's swing-and-miss rate has steadily improved in the last 16 months, and that's a testament to the team's coaching staff.

  • To those asking why we're still having this discussion (because equal pay should be a given) -- it's because having hard conversations -- and hard numbers -- helps people overcome both the explicit and implicit biases that contribute to this disparity. Study after study show that women undervalue themselves when seeking promotions/raises, regardless of industry, and we talk about money less than men.

  • Teams continue to strip cheerleaders of the sexual agency. Yes, they choose to use their sex appeal to sell the game from the sidelines, but they're given little choice to what happens off the field.

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