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FOX Sports Journalist launches scathing attack on the NFL

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If you're an active visitor to the FOX Sports website, you might see something called the Buzzer advertised quite a lot.

A regular name on the Buzzer is Katie Nolan, a woman with a strong love for football, sport and of course New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan.

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She is best known for her show 'No Filter' in which she sits down and discusses the sporting topics in some very comical ways.

But this week she has taken time out to produce a serious video discussing the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice situation and women in the sport.

It is a video which aims to address the potential of an NFL boycott and how impractical it is, but her piece becomes so much more than that.

Nolan does what she does best by keeping the very serious piece quite funny, starting by declaring that she is a woman.

But her points are well made and valid, from her question of how she can be expected to support a commissioner who need to see a video of a man punching a woman to realise that its unacceptable.

She briefly discusses the idea of an NFL boycott but very rationally explains that it wouldn't have enough of an impact to make a difference and that it could do more harm than good.

The part that really drew my attention to the issue was when she recalled the tale of the FOX Sports - NFL symposium.

She said that she felt pressured not to ask a cut-throat question to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell out of fear of the repercussions it may have for her.

Its a great point and leads into her final conclusion about women on sports TV.

She claims that women are "allowed to read headlines, patrols sidelines and generally facilitate conversation for their male colleagues.

"we just smile and throw to commercial."

Nolan's attack on and the state of the sporting media and its treatment of women raises many points that I personally have been oblivious to as a male sports fan.

Gaining support

While Nolan's video remains just another piece of evidence of women's unrest with Goodell, it is a showing that prominent women are willing to take on the powerful sporting names.

Nolan, as a journalist may be fairly powerless in the situation, all she can do is produce a video and hope it gets people talking.

But on Thursday more prominent American women took a stand as no less than 16 female US Senators sent a letter to the Commissioner.

They asked for a 'real zero-tolerance policy' on domestic abuse clearly taking the opinion that the NFL need to be tougher on the assailants.

I'm very glad to see so many prominent women in America actually taking a stand over the Rice issue rather than letting it unfold and who knows how it could develop in the coming weeks and possibly even change the landscape of women in sports forever.

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