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Jan. 31, 2020 — Business as usual with the “World-Wide Leader”

This week, ESPN released its schedule for broadcasting women’s lacrosse games on its over-the-air networks.

And, as per usual, there’s a yawning chasm between the number of men’s lacrosse games on TV, and the women’s.

Taylor Cummings, the three-time Tewaaraton Trophy winner and this site’s Player of the Decade for lacrosse, took to Twitter yesterday.

41 men’s games to 12 women’s games aired. SERIOUSLY?!? Almost a 4:1 ratio AGAIN. Each year, the women’s game continues to innovate & grow alongside the men’s. This inequality blatantly shows ESPN’s take on female athletics, that we simply do not matter. WE PLAY TOO.

She’s absolutely right. Want more proof? While ESPN’s over-the-air coverage starts this weekend, the first women’s lacrosse game isn’t scheduled for more than a month from today.

A month.

Fortunately, if you have the ESPN Plus service (a bargain at $5.99 a month), you can get your first streaming games as early as Feb. 7th as Duke takes on Gardner-Webb.