Broadcasters’ commentary sexist and across the line


During a Tuesday telecast on the Big Ten Network, two commentators discussed the new contract and raise received by OSU Coach Thad Matta. But, instead of reporting on the new contract, the commentators exhibited sexism and lost credibility with at least one viewer.

The discussion began over Matta’s salary increase from $2.9 to $3.2 million. After discussing a few points of the contract, the Big Ten Network commentators began painting the picture of Matta’s long-time wife, Barbara, as a money-hungry companion.

“You know who is most happy about that is Mrs. Matta,” one of the commenters said.

This same commentator went on to discuss some shopping “Mrs. Matta” planned to do as well as a trip she could now take because of her husband’s raise.

His comments were across the line.

While a listing for Barbara Matta’s profession could not be obtained, how were these commentators to know how much “Mrs. Matta” makes herself? For all we know, she is a prestigious lawyer pulling in $1 million a year.

And to go as far as to say she wants to go shopping and on a trip to New York? I wonder what “Mrs. Matta” would have to say about that?

Who knows if she even said that to this network crew? And, if she did, I highly doubt she wanted it broadcasted to an entire viewership.

One has to wonder what the outcome would have been if such comments were made on a larger network, like ESPN.

Also, let’s cut the “Mrs. Matta” reference. I am sure Barbara Matta has her own personality and life outside of being “Mrs. Matta.” Such a reference is also sexist and belongs in the 1950s.

Females, journalists and feminists alike should be outraged and offended by these comments.

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