This is a day old, but it's interesting all the same:
The Los Angeles Dodgers will begin what is believed to be an unprecedented series of game broadcasts tonight aimed at their female fans. Former Fox Broadcasting baseball pregame show host Jeanne Zelasko will serve as the play-by-play announcer while Dodger assistant coach Mark Sweeney will serve as the analyst for what is being dubbed as the DodgersWIN broadcast.
The broadcasts are part of the team's Women's Initiatives Network, a series of efforts designed to bring women closer to baseball and bring baseball closer to their lifestyles. Zelasko said the broadcasts will be more instructive than traditional broadcasts.
"I like to look at our broadcast as we're not afraid to explain something most people might take for granted," Zelasko said. One specific example occurred during a recent run through when Sweeney made references to the six hole, Zelasko said.
"I know what that is in the lineup, but I said to him, `Mark, tell people what you mean.' It's the sixth spot in the lineup," Zelasko told City News Service.
Points for originality, I suppose, but I cant see how such thing won't end up being condescending to women. To the extent a given woman isn't already a baseball fan it's not because she doesn't understand it, it's because either she (a) watched a bit of baseball and decided that she simply didn't like it, in which case no amount of remedial education is going to change her mind (my wife fits this category); or (b) she or her parents decided that at some point that sports weren't for girls, in which case an attitude adjustment, as opposed to an education, is necessary to get the job done.
Whichever the case, baseball is not a terribly difficult game and no one likes to feel stupid. If you treat it like special class, you're likely to put off more people than you attract. This is especially true if an empty head like Jeanne Zelasko is the special ed. teacher.