type of bond,” says Hubbard. “We can all eat and be able to share our views and be able to get the hits that we would like without going at each other.”
On the other hand, Munroe has witnessed the positive and negative side of women sports bloggers either being supportive or clawing for attention.
“I don’t know if there are that many of us,” says Munroe. “I know of a few. But as with anything and because there are so few spots, at least at the moment, some women will lean towards the ‘crabs in a barrel’ syndrome. When I initially got into this, I didn’t know anything about the blogging world. I didn’t even know any sports bloggers period. That is something that has evolved.”
Jessica Danielle started her blog three years ago and feels as though she hasn’t been in the sports blogging game long enough to really develop relationships with other women sports bloggers.
“There may be camaraderie between people that have been doing it a bit longer than I have in the blogosphere and have kind of supported each other and come up together,” she says.
“On my end, I feel like I have better relationships with some of the women who are already writing and maybe don’t have personal blogs, but have welcomed me into it. As far as the blogosphere, I can’t really say that [there’s camaraderie] because I haven’t been doing it long enough. Most of the people that I work with regularly, who have kind of supported my work, have typically been white men and I think that’s because they’re the most dominant voice. If you really want to be able to freelance write and get your link-backs, you have to develop relationships with them and that’s where I’ve been focused. But I do try to keep an eye on other minority women who are writing in sports.”
Rob considers Munroe, Hubbard and Mahogany Ratcliffe of Bad Girls Of Sports to be her closest friends in the sports blogging world.
“We’ve all come to have a rapport with one another and a healthy respect for each other’s hustle and what we’re doing,” says Rob. “Now, there are some female bloggers out there that I’ve seen say things or get into it or maybe they’re not as friendly. But I don’t really deal with that.”
Even though women have made great strides in getting respect and opportunities in sports, more still needs to be done, especially in terms of more Black women being visible and giving their opinions.
“I’ll use Cari Champion [host of ESPN’s First Take] as an example,” says Hubbard.
“She’s phenomenal, but with her position on First Take, she’s simply just a moderator and we don’t really get to see how she can shine in the sports world. We see that she’s a pretty woman and that she’s good at moderating. We don’t really know what she’s like from a sports perspective. Although, I’m so glad to see that women have that opportunity, I would really like for women to have more of a voice. I just think that women in general who are extremely knowledgeable and can present their football knowledge or any type of sports knowledge to you in a great way, should be able to have that opportunity. While I think it has gotten better and it’s progressed drastically, I still think there’s a lot more that can be done.”
Jessica Danielle believes that both men and women sports fans still prefer to get their sports information and opinion from a man.
“I can say for me, when starting out my blog, the majority of my readers have been men from the beginning, although women, particularly Black women, have been really, really supportive of my blog,” she says. “They may not be huge sports fans, but they want to support me because I’m a Black woman as well. But the bulk of my readers are men, so I can’t say that people aren’t open to it [getting their sports information from a woman], but I think we have a long way to go to make people open enough that we’re [Black women] not a minority-minority within the sports sphere.”
Munroe echoes those same sentiments. Men have told her flat out, “I’m not interested in hearing women talk about sports. I’m just not.”
”I think that it is evolving,” says Munroe. “If you look on television, there are more women sports broadcasters. The sideline reporter role is one that women were traditionally regulated to, but now you’re seeing more women do play-by play and color commentary on major broadcasts. I think there is still ways to go, but it has come a long way still.”
Auxilly, who has developed a following of her own, believes that audiences are becoming more accepting on getting a woman’s perspective on sports.