Radio talk on the coverage challenge for female athletes: Getting ink and airtime without playing the sexy card.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 5:06pm EDT

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Ahead of the 2012 Olympics, a show today on blogtalkradio explores where we are on the media and female athletes — attention, sex appeal, image, behavior. How do we get better coverage?

JoAnn Kawell talks with Jane Schonberger, Ariel Dougherty, and FGN’s Laura Pappano, a panel assembled from a special edition of On The Issues magazine focusing on women and sports. Dougherty cites the University of Southern California study documenting the stunning drop in coverage for women’s sports. Pappano hopes we get past fighting about showing skin and a buy ticket to the game.

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