Oakland Raiders Need to Encourage More Female Fans to Attend Home Games

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIJune 8, 2011

NAPA, CA - JULY 25:  Amy Trask, Chief Executive of the Oakland Raiders and the only female CEO in the NFL watches as the Oakland Raiders start their camp at the Marriott Hotel on July 25, 2006 in Napa, California.  (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
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Why don't more women voice their opinions by writing articles on sports? Why don't more women in the Raider Nation attend home games to help eliminate the blackouts in Oakland?

There are a decent number of young female editors who review my articles. There have been some great writers who happened to be women who have posted outstanding articles and opinions, from time to time.

Lately, few women who are writers seem to have high visibility on the Oakland Raiders page?

Granted, there are those who write harsh comments, but toughen up and ignore those folks and write your opinions and facts, Raider ladies. If the Oakland Raiders are aiming for sellouts in the stadium, then women can play a part in writing articles to stir more interest in the team and in attending the home games.

It seems to me that the presence of female writers has diminished on some team pages.

There have been times that comments use "man" and "guy" for example.

Think about it: If all of the women refuse to attend games in the stadium, then what would happen to the franchise? The Oakland Raiders will never overcome the blackouts if the women are not encouraged and welcomed.

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A prototype of a welcoming spirit would be to see more women publish their articles and more presence on the front pages of Bleacher and other pages.

One day, I actually did research to see how many women were in the top 10 of writers for all 32 team pages. At the time of that count, there was only one. Of course, if women are using "male" pen names, then it would not be an accurate count.

Everybody knows the old phrase, "It takes two to tango." We need more soprano and alto voices in this choir of fans that celebrate the victories and growth of the Oakland Raiders.

One thing some of us remember is that the women are certainly at the parties and clubs after the games. So, why don't they tell their stories of their encounters with some of the outstanding players?

It just seems odd to me that so few women are expressing themselves on certain team pages.

What do you think? What's the problem as you see it?