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Volume 72, Issue 97, Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Opinion

All teams deserve the same level of support

Celena Flores
Opinion Columnist

Placed throughout the campus are objects that always seem to catch people's attention. They are low to the ground, and some stand straight up, while others have a bit of a lean. Written on them is a message in bold red lettering that never gets old. 

Yes, these infamous sidewalk signs are displayed every time the UH football team has a home game or when teams attempt to rally fan support. 

Now, the use of the signs isn't a bad thing -- in fact, they are a great way of promoting the football and men's basketball teams. However, they seem to exclude the 11 other official athletics teams on campus. 

If the Athletics Department is going to promote one team, then it should promote all teams -- no matter what condition they may be in. It is unfair that this is not the case.

Not only are certain sports represented unequally, but it appears that on this campus women's sports will never be taken seriously or looked at with an open mind. Since women first entered sports, there has been a lack of support and promotion. Women's athletics are just as good as men's athletics, and sometimes even better, such as the women's teams at the University of Tennessee, University of Connecticut and Baylor University, to name a few. 

While it may be puzzling at first to watch women play a typically male-dominated sport, such as football, it quickly becomes apparent that both men and women have the same intensity that all fans love. 

But whenever someone mentions women's sports, fans seem to look the other way. Take UH women's athletics for example. The basketball team has a few consistent fans and a small amount of media coverage, and that's it. For the recent men's basketball games, Athletics officials put up campus signs, passed out fliers and promotions such as "Lady's Night" were put into full force. 

If the Athletics Department and the University really want to increase fan attendance and bring the students together as one, then they should take a step back and realize that their technique of excluding the majority of sports teams isn't working. 

Women's sports, or any sport for that matter, should be as high of a priority as the men's football team. Every team -- whether men's or women's, football or tennis -- need some T.L.C. -- tender loving cheer. 

Flores, a broadcast journalism junior and assistant sports editor, 
can be reached at dcsports@mail.uh.edu.

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