No longer content to sit on the sidelines or stay in the kitchen, today’s women are taking the NFL by storm. From merchandise sales to rating numbers to all-female fantasy leagues, it’s clear to most that women are key players in the future of the National Football League.
Comments like the following from NBC’s veteran play-by-play announcer Al Michaels really beg the question, “If I’m a woman/girl, and I love football does that mean I’m a second class fan?” Al Micheals, was quoted in Ad Age, “We have a big tent and invite everybody into it. This is not for football fans only.” Well, Al does that mean because I’m a woman and I find myself at an NFL game, you don’t consider me a legit “football fan?” It’s time to wake up and smell the roses. Literally. We’re ALL real fans.
Shaunna Dunder Hershberger hits the mark with her article: Women to the NFL. We’re REAL Fans.
The NFL wants our attention, our time, and our money. But do the league and their counterparts consider us sub-standard fans?