During the Seahawks' victory in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, Fox showed highlights from what it claimed was the city's only professional sports champion — the 1979 SuperSonics.
That didn't make the Seattle Storm — winners of the 2004 and 2010 WNBA titles — very happy, according to Jayda Evans of The Seattle Times.
Team president and CEO Karen Bryant and three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson, a member of both title teams, expressed their displeasure on Twitter.
"It’s time to look at this quantifier for what it is — sexist," Evans wrote. "The WNBA is the only successful women’s professional league in America. That makes it major. And that has to be recognized. Period. Finding a way to not mention it when simply throwing out a list of titles attached to a city is blatantly disregarding women’s pro sports and a city’s pride in its teams’ accomplishments."
What's up w/reports re "no champ in Seattle since '79"? @seattlestorm 2004 AND 2010! @NFLonFOX @espn @espnWnews @wnba @nba #Respect — Karen Bryant (@KBSeattleStorm) February 3, 2014
We were good enough then and we are certainly good enough now to be acknowledged. @seattlestorm #littlerespectplease pic.twitter.com/qWcqpzKtmN — Lauren Jackson (@laurenej15) February 3, 2014