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November 27, 2005

NFL tries to sell to women: Surveys indicate NFL football is the most popular sport among women and that 45 million women watch NFL games each Sunday. In addition, as many as one fourth of all fantasy football players are women, according to Ipsos research.

posted by terry to football at 12:04 AM - 34 comments

One fourth? Never would have thought.

posted by justgary at 12:11 AM on November 27

I say go for it ladies. Nothing sexier than a "chick" who knows her stats. That was tongue in cheek by the way. Pretty girls make football even more enjoyable.

posted by GoBirds at 12:23 AM on November 27

In a related story, one fourth of all football fans are using performance enhancing drugs. Dick Pound tole me so.

posted by chicobangs at 12:36 AM on November 27

Chico, Does this mean Mrs. Dick Pound watches football?

posted by sandman at 02:22 AM on November 27

Women have the right to watch football im going to have to beat my wife because of this (just kidding)

posted by Blunt_Man26 at 03:24 AM on November 27

My wife and mother-in-law are both playing fantasy football this year for the first time. And my wife has the best record in the league in which she participates...and both she and my mother-in-law beat my team.

posted by scully at 07:00 AM on November 27

After 13 years ,this past summer ,my wife has become an avid Baseball fan.This last season was the most enjoyable season I've had in some time{especially since I'm a die hard CUBS fan.} But ,I'm afraid that I'll just have to be happy with that. She will never like football or Coll. B-ball.,my other passions. DANG

posted by Tubby Fan at 11:16 AM on November 27

Just a reminder, guys, keep it clean my wife and grand-daughter read these inputs. THANKS.

posted by Joe Veltri at 01:24 PM on November 27

Just a reminder, guys, keep it clean my wife and grand-daughter read these inputs. THANKS. Do they appreciate your arrogance more or less than the rest of us? Because you sure sound like a pretentious jackass. Oh ,wait, are your wife and grand-daughter allowed to read that?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 01:45 PM on November 27

Just a reminder, guys, Actually, Joe, you will find that discussion forums on the Internet have different standards. Some do indeed require that participants "keep it clean" (although it's never wise to assume that the forum's standard of "clean" corresponds to one's own) and some do not, and most are somewhere along the spectrum. Before "reminding" anyone of a forum's standards, it's best to make sure that you actually know what they are. In the case of SportsFilter, the standards, as articulated in the link guidelines and the new user message, make no reference to dumbass knuckledragging sexism, which I suppose is what you're alluding to here.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 01:59 PM on November 27

/hangs brains

posted by yerfatma at 05:12 PM on November 27

Wow, some asswipe newbie comes in four weeks ago and decides he's in charge of standards? Hey Joe, why don't you set up (and pay for) your own sports discussion website so you can make these choices and leave those of us monkey spankers who've been around for a few years, and the surprisingly pleasant female regulars, to what we always do?

posted by billsaysthis at 05:13 PM on November 27

women should stick to the kitchen and bedroom....lol ijust got hit upside the head for that comment

posted by Dallas Dave at 05:58 PM on November 27

Get me a @#(*& beer, woman! And cook me a !@$*& steak and wash the $@#^)(& dishes while you're at it! Bwahahahaha!

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:29 PM on November 27

Weird comments. I had no idea the NFL was so popular among women, I know my girlfriend hates the commercials during games. The last line of the article was also confusing.

posted by chmurray at 07:02 PM on November 27

No way on the ff stat.

posted by Turbo at 07:18 PM on November 27

monkey spankers I resemble that remark.

posted by owlhouse at 08:17 PM on November 27

I wish I knew some more chicks who liked football.... or even knew what a football was- lol.

posted by redsoxrgay at 08:29 PM on November 27

The last line of the article was also confusing. Most importantly for the NFL, research shows women control the purse strings in most households. "They understand that women spend or influence up to 80 percent of every dollar spent," Miller said. I don't see what is confusing? Most women do spend a majority of the money in a household. Including everything from milk to toilet paper. I know there are some men who do these things but it is not the norm where I am from. Men may think they have control but I beg to differ.

posted by skydivemom at 08:44 PM on November 27

BTW - I have grown to love football and baseball and it is something great I have in common with my husband.

posted by skydivemom at 08:47 PM on November 27

Well back to the post.... It's crazy down here in SoCal we have many Raiders fan stores and they always have these pink raider shirts which is funny in it's own way you know how the raiders are so TOUGH!!! So it's a joke seeing a woman walking around with a pink raiders shirt.....

posted by BigDogintheCity at 08:52 PM on November 27

Had this discussion at work last week- right after they announced that KC will get a Super Bowl, after they build a dome stadium. Our opinion, KC will become another sissy team, a fair weather team. No more tough outdoor winter games. Why? Because women started going to games. They have sissified the NFL - hence why more penalties etc... (remember the Janet Jackson Super Bowl show - I am sure not a single complaint was filed by a guy - same with the T.O -I cringe to mention his name- Desperate Housewives commercial) Same thing has happened to hockey. Too much fighting, women don't like fighting, we want more women = more money - get rid of fighting (which is a part of the game). A lot longer decussion, but you get the drift. Flame away.

posted by Stealth_72 at 01:55 AM on November 28

Hey I know more about football than most men I know...have been an avid fan for over 20 years! In fact my fiance and I make it interesting and do a football poll every weekend...the loser has to make the winner breakfast in bed the following weekend and the overall season winner gets to be taken on a weekend getaway (in our state)by the other. Definitely makes it a whole lot more interesting...by the way I've won more breakfasts than he this year and am up 6 games on the season!

posted by sportschick1027 at 07:23 AM on November 28

Lifelong fan, five year fantasy player. If I'm in a fantasy league with strangers, I don't announce my gender; I assume most people are the same. So you've probably been playing with 1/4 women and just didn't know it. It doesn't surprise me at all. Our SpoFi league is at least 16% women. . .if there is one more team being managed by a woman and I'm just not aware of it, that'd be about 22%, close to the figure in the article.

posted by rainbaby at 07:35 AM on November 28

This comes as no suprise to me. Lots of fine young ladies I know like football and it all starts from college. I dated a girl who went to Villanova (go Wildcats) and she was huge a football. After college she starts rooting for the Eagles. Young women who work in the bar/resturant scene love football (tons of drunks assholes who tip cute girls well) Yup meeting a girl who is into football not so difficult but where my hockey chicks at?

posted by HATER 187 at 08:21 AM on November 28

remember the Janet Jackson Super Bowl show - I am sure not a single complaint was filed by a guy Maybe not "guys," but The American Family Association, Focus on the Family, For Faith & Family, the Family Research Council, and the Parents Television Council are all run by old men. Maybe it's not women who are sissifying the NFL, but political correctness.

posted by cl at 02:23 PM on November 28

Maybe it's not women who are sissifying the NFL, but political correctness. Well said. Unfortunately, that statement applies to far too much of American life these days. Welcome to the United States of Hurt Feelings.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:44 PM on November 28

I didn't understand the outrage in regards to the whole Janet Jackson thing. From the advertisments during football games I thought tits were a natural part of the game. Then I found out tits are ok unless you see the nipple.

posted by HATER 187 at 04:25 PM on November 28

Nice.

posted by yerfatma at 04:38 PM on November 28

Maybe not "guys," but The American Family Association, Focus on the Family, For Faith & Family, the Family Research Council, and the Parents Television Council are all run by old men. Maybe it's not women who are sissifying the NFL, but political correctness. How ironic; "political correctness" is exactly what all those old-men organizations accuse everyone else of when they want to stifle other views. When the left does it, it's "political correctness"; when the right does it, it's "wholesome family values", hmmmm???

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:05 PM on November 28

Beat me to it again, LBB.

posted by owlhouse at 09:09 PM on November 28

She's good, that one.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:28 PM on November 28

Hey, it was nearly five hours before I got to it, hardly a land speed record.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 10:49 PM on November 28

Time zones are my excuse. Otherwise I'd be the sharpest, wittiest and most astute contributor.

posted by owlhouse at 12:00 AM on November 29

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