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Game Over? Male and female sportswriters’ attitudes toward their jobs and plans to leave journalism
Unformatted Document Text:  Game Over? 21 predictors in the regression model examining decision to leave the field, women were significantly more likely to be single and to have fewer children than their male counterparts. The female sportswriters at the largest newspapers seem to have sacrificed at least some aspects of their personal lives for their careers. What could be at play is a complex, indirect relationship involving marriage and children and an interaction with gender. Even in modern U.S. society, women are still seen as largely responsible for children and household duties in a dual income relationship. It could be that it is easier for married men with children to work the varied hours and commit to the travel necessary for a successful sports writing career than it is for married women. Indeed, men in this study did report working longer hours than did the women. Another factor linked to this could be that women perceive they have more options for career changes. This might be especially true for single women not supporting families, given that they have more freedom to move and risk a temporary change in income. Also, because women were significantly younger than their male counterparts, they may perceive staying in sports journalism “until retirement” as much longer commitment than older journalists. Still, age didn’t emerge as a significant predictor for length of time people plan to remain in the field. What is most likely is that women have delayed marriage and family to get to this high level in the field and are planning on leaving to start a family. This was expressed in the by one 32-year-old, single female respondent in a response to an open-ended question. “ Sports journalism is a fast-paced, high-stress, long-hours-on-night-and-weekend-shifts job,” she wrote. “It's not for everyone. As one gets older, as one has a family, it is a world that is harder to balance

Authors: Jones, Jessie. and Greer, Jennifer.
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Game Over? 21
predictors in the regression model examining decision to leave the field, women were 
significantly more likely to be single and to have fewer children than their male 
counterparts. The 
female sportswriters at the largest newspapers seem to have sacrificed 
at least some aspects of their personal lives for their careers.
What could be at play is a complex, indirect relationship involving marriage and 
children and an interaction with gender. Even in modern U.S. society, women are still 
seen as largely responsible for children and household duties in a dual income 
relationship. It could be that it is easier for married men with children to work the varied 
hours and commit to the travel necessary for a successful sports writing career than it is 
for married women. Indeed, men in this study did report working longer hours than did 
the women. Another factor linked to this could be that women perceive they have more 
options for career changes. This might be especially true for single women not supporting 
families, given that they have more freedom to move and risk a temporary change in 
income.
Also, because women were significantly younger than their male counterparts, 
they may perceive staying in sports journalism “until retirement” as much longer 
commitment than older journalists. Still, age didn’t emerge as a significant predictor for 
length of time people plan to remain in the field. What is most likely is that women have 
delayed marriage and family to get to this high level in the field and are planning on 
leaving to start a family. 
This was expressed in the by one 32-year-old, single female 
respondent in a response to an open-ended question. “
Sports journalism is a fast-paced, 
high-stress, long-hours-on-night-and-weekend-shifts job,” she wrote. “It's not for 
everyone. As one gets older, as one has a family, it is a world that is harder to balance 


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