The National Women’s Soccer League has announced the allocation of the national team players to the eight teams scheduled to begin play in the spring. Bill Littlefield rooted for the league’s two predecessors, and he’s trying to figure out how he should feel about the next incarnation of the women’s pro game.
Six amateur women are currently riding the entire route of the 2012 Tour de France and will reach the Champs-Elysees one day ahead of the official racers. Bill Littlefield speaks with Kate Powlison about why she’s tackling nearly 2173 long and hilly miles.
Women’s tennis has a noise pollution problem. The players’ grunts have been criticized, and the WTA is trying to change the rules to cut down on extraneous noises. Bill Littlefield and Karen Given tackle the issue.
With all the strides made towards gender equality, there are still many ways in which female athletes aren’t getting a fair shake. Bill Littlefield examines the problems that still plague women’s sports, 40 years after Title IX.
The fact that Title IX has increased opportunities for women in sports is undeniable, but has the law resulted in fewer opportunities for men? Bill Littlefield speaks with Eric Pearson, chairman of the American Sports Council and ESPN The Magazine senior writer Peter Keating.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee is one of the greatest female athletes of all time, winning six Olympic medals in track and field, but her accomplishments wouldn’t have happened without Title IX. She joins Bill Littlefield to talk about that and more.
The unprecedented surge of soccer-playing girls has revealed an unexpected statistic: In sports where boys and girls play by the same rules, like basketball and soccer, girls are more likely than boys to become concussed. What do the numbers mean? For that, we turn to Only a Game’s Karen Given.
In 1992, female athletes at Brown University sued the school for a failure to comply with Title IX. Twenty years later, Bill Littlefield revisits the case and examines its aftermath.
At the 40th anniversary of Title IX’s institution into law, Nancy Hogshead-Makar of the Women’s Sports Foundation joins Bill Littlefield to discuss how Title IX has advanced the cause for women in the classroom and on the field.
Marlen Esparza is the first American woman to qualify for the debut of women’s boxing at the London Olympics. Doug Tribou speaks with Esparza and reporter Irina Aleksander, who profiled the boxer in the June issue of The Atlantic.