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The Black Women of Sports Blogging

Jill Munroe, Rob Y, Shaina Auxilly, Syreeta Hubbard and Jessica Danielle

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Rob Y. also known as "The Lady GM" of Ballertainment, credits her love of sports to her paternal grandmother and the male friends she grew up with. Back in Rob’s hometown of Chicago, she had two sports shows on the local cable network, Chicago Access Network Television. One show was her doing interviews about sports. Another, was a roundtable forum with herself and other guys. Even though she didn’t start her blog until October 2009, she considers it an extension of that experience and her love of sports stories.

Rob describes her blog as a mixture of news, entertainment and gossip. She credits Natasha Eubanks, founder of The YBF, as inspiration.

"I stumbled upon her blog and I thought to myself, ‘I love this and this is something that I would want to do for sports,’” she says. “But I still didn’t do it at that time.”

With a little help and encouragement from Rob Littal of Black Sports Online, Rob went ahead and launched her blog.

"It’s obvious that women are a minority in the world of sports, but being a Black woman makes it even more interesting. It can be a unique experience for some. If people aren’t trying to stereotype you, they’re questioning your knowledge of the game.

Hubbard has had experiences where people haven’t trusted her sports knowledge simply because she’s a woman.

“People can assume that [you don’t know about sports] just from being a woman or if they don’t agree with the argument that you’re giving them,” says Hubbard.

“But I don’t get that much anymore. In the beginning, I used to get that a lot. But I think that my arguments have a lot of substance to them. I make sure I bring facts along with my point and when you can do that, a lot of times people respect what you’re trying to say.”

Overall, she describes being a Black woman in the sports blogosphere space as challenging, but still a great experience.

“It’s challenging more so from a female standpoint because it’s cliché to believe that men know more about sports than women do. I like to look at myself as one of the few women who kind of stepped out and started writing about sports that people pay attention to.”

Munroe agrees. “It’s not easy I think for any woman in sports,” she says.  

“But particularly with being a woman of color, I think that at times, there are certain assumptions that are made and people want to pigeon-hole you and put you in one area no matter what.”

Jessica Danielle was hoping that the Internet would level the playing field for women wanting to have their opinions heard in the sports world.

“We’re definitely pretty invisible in sports and it’s a shame because I feel like the Internet was supposed to be the great equalizer, but it hasn’t panned out that way thus far,” she says.  “I think we’re just invisible right now in trying to fight for our space in the conversation. Even if you look at sports across the board, you probably have maybe one or two Black women who are able to give their opinions and not just be the moderator.”

When Auxilly attends games she has to cover, some people don’t believe that she’s a member of the press.

“I notice that when I go to those events, there’s barely anybody else that looks like me. I’ve often gotten stares and people are like, ‘Are you media? Are you sure you’re media?’ They don’t believe this is what I do. Nobody’s ever treated me badly. They’re just thrown off by how I look. I like being different. I like that I’m able to do this even though it’s not something other people would think a typical Black woman would do.”

On the other hand, Rob feels as though she’s gotten a fair chance as a sports blogger.

“I feel respected. Never have I felt disrespected in this state or not taken seriously. Obviously, there’s going to be other people or readers who will challenge you or your colleagues who may not take you seriously, but for the most part, I try to be fair in the things I write on the blog. They’re fair and factual and I think with doing that, comes the respect that you need to continue to be taken seriously.”

Because there are so few women sports bloggers, one would assume there would be a sisterhood or camaraderie among them. In some cases, that proves to be true.

“I would like to believe that [there’s camaraderie] because it’s hard for us to kind of make our mark because we have to worry about men being against us and we have to have some