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Who pays for women’s sport?

Women’s sport. The media is raving on about it and how the girls should get equal pay and conditions (business-class flights).

I’m all for equality but let’s face it, I don’t see how the sports can afford it.

Netball. A sport played by four nations. Possibly the most boring competition. It seems Australia is always paying NZ (close games) or Great Britain and/or Jamaica (not so close). That’s it. Oh, yes, plus that world powerhouse, South Africa. Sure, netball attracts great crowd here but how are the other nations going to afford it? Jamaica and South Africa aren’t exactly economical sound.

Women’s cricket and soccer attracts two and a dog to their games.The skill might be there but the crowds aren’t. How long (if ever) will the gate number increase. Sponsors want to see not just bums on seats but a crowd which adds to live telecasts. It’s quite embarrassing to watch the soccer and cricket with empty grounds. Does that then affect the TV audience, which may not get too excited by the lack of colour, movement and sound only a crowd brings. If TV viewers are low, then sponsors won’t be interested.

Women’s tennis. Hang on they only play three sets, while the men play five, then they want equality.

The problem is there’s only so many hours in the day you can watch sport and there’s such a small fan base in Australia, yet everyone wants to be professional. Who’s going to pay for it?

I say get rid of all professional sport. The AFL and rugby league players don’t deserve to be paid anyway, and certainly don’t deserve any government funding. In WA, the taxpayer foots the bill for a new stadium, while all the AFL gave was less than a year’s salary for its CEO.

Sports are milking it (us). Gave up watching yonks ago, though I love the professional surfing. They have a great model (live streaming is brilliant) and they don’t ask for anything.

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Women on the front line

News Limited media are running story on women on the front line. Every few years we get this subject surfacing. Who knows who’s pushing it.

Let me tell you the facts and a story.

Women can not handle “real” frontline work. Physically they simply can not lift the loads required. Well, a couple might.

In East Timor, 2001 (when I was the Army’s PR Officer there), A Current Affair wanted to do a story on how women should be on the “front line”. The female reporter was pro the issue. However, I said she could only do the story if she could lift a standard pack and carry it up the stairs to the helicopter lading pad. She couldn’t get it off the ground, let alone on her back and up the stairs.

“I see what you mean,” she said.

She ended up doing a story on a female captain who managed all logistics for the operation – a pretty damn hard job in its own right.

Anyway, girls, if you want to do it, knock yourselves out. There are also a range of other issues associated with this, including being raped by the enemy and a male soldier’s propensity to show more “care” for a wounded female, which may lead to jeopardising a mission.

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