With the Law of Averages being what it is, we
do not doubt
there are many who are content with the current
reporting sport events. Of roughly 1260 football
there must be some who don't care who sees them
fact, there must be some 100 plus Adonises who
enjoy it! Of the women sportswriters, there
must be some who
have no problem, some that do and "tough it
out," and those
who stay out of the locker rooms altogether.
And for the
League, teams and media, the Law of Averages
though on the surface, the arrangement seems
to work well.
Professional sports, the media, the sponsors
subsequent fan following -- measured in tickets,
viewership and readership -- provide the cornerstones
big business. It's a symbiotic system of interrelated
structural supports. And like all systems, it
turns into a
house of cards if one part fails.
Where do naked athletes get dressed in this house?
It seems unlikely that whatever the answer is
remain the answer, tomorrow. The interpretation
harassment laws are already broad and are broadening.
realization of this fact along with the increased
awareness/insistence by athletes to their right
and the renewed movement toward true equality
by women sport
reporters will force the League, team ownership/management
and media management to ask and answer the question,
current locker room arrangement in our best
The prudent-person rule indicates "No." The
risks are far
greater than the rewards. Beside the usual "death
taxes," in the US there are two other certainties
1. Place concrete, uranium, and a heat exchanger
to flowing water and an anti-nuclear power
protest will occur.
2) Place a male, a female, and nudity in a "hostile
environment" and a nuclear reaction will occur...
the fallout being sexual harassment lawsuits
either or both sides.
The locker room scoop -- the current cause
for nudity --
is not a critical success factor in the
reporting of sports...
It is an "equal" advantage to all male
Hence, to them it's not even a benefit.
But it does advantage
them over females reporters.
When the Incident first occurred, opinions were
predicated by gender... especially among women
who felt that
women had a right to be in the men's locker
room, period. As
time has passed, both genders are less strident
commonly recognize that the better way to secure
right to a living and the male athlete's right
to privacy is
to shield all the media from the nudity. Amazing!
opinion is precisely what the court determined
case of Ludtke v. Kuhn which gave women access
to the locker rooms.
We will explore all the above, further.
But first let's go for a little
Constitutional Rights refresher.