More Q&A with Billie Jean King about ‘Battle of the Sexes’ film in theaters Friday

Tennis legend Billie Jean King discusses her reaction to the new film, “Battle of the Sexes,” which opens Friday.
(Photo by Steve McCrank, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

As the movie “Battle of the Sexes” hits selected theaters Friday before a national release on Sept. 29, we got some one-on-one time with Billie Jean King to ask about the emotions she’s feeling seeing herself on the big screen as portrayed by Oscar-winner Emma Stone.
In addition to the Q&A posted online, we also have these outtakes:

Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in “Battle of the Sexes” (Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon, Twentieth Century Fox Film)

Q: It’s been announced by 21st Century Fox that it will donate 79 cents for every dollar it brings in for the movie’s opening week to the Women’s Sports Foundation you started in 1974. The 79 cents represents how much women make compared to every dollar a man makes, according to the data. How does that make you feel?

A: It’s so meaningful. I think woman should only work 79 percent of the year (laughing). Think about it, we have to work a year plus into April the next year to get equal pay.  Something has to stop and something has to start …

Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs smile during a news conference in New York to publicize their match at the Houston Astrodome in 1973. (AP Photo)

Q: What has to change?

A: You don’t want to disrupt anything if you can. You just want to make things better. It’s a tightrope trying to get everyone’s hearts and minds to match up without alienating anyone. Once you alienate, they go away. It’s very difficult thing. You do as much behind the scenes as you can before you go to the media, which is an absolute last resort. It’s not fun. You just want everyone to do the right thing.

Q: The film does a great job explaining how Margaret Court really had the first “Battle of the Sexes” against Riggs, on Mother’s Day that same year of 1973, in San Diego, on national TV. He soundly defeated her. If the result has been switched and she had won, would your “Battle of the Sexes” match even happen or would it have killed Riggs’ momentum? Continue reading “More Q&A with Billie Jean King about ‘Battle of the Sexes’ film in theaters Friday” »

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Sunday media: The discourse in the ESPN-Jemele Hill mess is most disconcerting

There’s no simple way to exhume any sort of meaningful conclusion to the Jemele Hill-ESPN situation that came unglued this week and continues to collapse under its own weight. Multiple layers of semantics and protocol, accusations of preferential treatment and the simple defense of free speech complicate this journey in a disjointed digital democracy and a toxic political environment.

Just when you think it’s quieted down, it stumbles into another news cycle.

Wounds have been reopened, many of them self-inflicted by ESPN. New alliances have been formed or reinforced as division lines are more clearly marked.

As journalists working a hypercharged environment, the rules seem to be rewritten and lessons unlearned with every new piece of information dredged up.

More at this link …

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It’s Out of the Question: In this ‘Fight for LA,’ where do the Raiders fall in?

Has anyone really explained why, having to babysit two NFL teams around here at this point in our history, all of a sudden it means there has to be a “Fight for L.A.?”

The transplanted San Diego Chargers and nomadic St. Louis Rams have been given orders by the NFL schedule-makers to stage home games at temporary housing facilities in Southern California on a Sunday that for years has been set aside in these parts for the Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. Live – that Staples Center-adjacent area where someone once thought they could build a new football stadium but couldn’t push it through.

And because of all this, we’re led to believe this is some kind of Karma-geddon — punishment because we begged the NFL to please give us a couple of franchises since our Sundays were otherwise void of substance and purpose.

Yeah, now we have an embarrassment of riches. Emphasis on embarrassment.

More at this link …


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CFB Week 3 in the LA market: At a loss to explain USC’s 4-0 record vs. Texas? Why not ask the right questions?

Maybe it started with a Texas Longhorns blog post wondering how USC wasn’t taking any credit for its loss in the 2006 BCS title game at the Rose Bowl, spinning it off a curious tweet from a “sports reporter and news anchor” at Spectrum News in Austin. Others followed by retweeting it and claiming something looked fishy.
Maybe it was perpetuated with a post, and with a Sports Illustrated post, continuing to imply that USC was misrepresenting its loss in that title game.
Maybe all someone had to do was ask USC what the deal was here, as ESPN finally did, and which caused SI to try to backtrack.
Maybe it all makes sense when Petros Papadakis tried to explain it on today’s “Petros & Money” show on KLAC-AM (570):
“It’s not USC saying, ‘We didn’t lose to Texas.’ It’s the NCAA saying, ‘You can’t say you played in that game.’ It’s stupid, but that’s the NCAA. If you want to be an SC fan and say, ‘Hey, we’re undefeated in BCS games … ha, ha, ha,’ way to go. You got it. You did. OK? We all saw the game. We all know what happened.
“It only became a story this week where people — Sports Illustrated — is tweeting out, ‘Bad look, USC.’ Look, I’m the first guy to jump on SC, but this is an NCAA thing, it has nothing to do with USC. Continue reading “CFB Week 3 in the LA market: At a loss to explain USC’s 4-0 record vs. Texas? Why not ask the right questions?” »

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NFL Week 2 in the L.A. TV market: Will we ever see Sergio Dipp again?

Illustration by Jim Thompson

There are no more plans for either the Rams or Chargers to make an ESPN Monday Night Football. Nor should there really.
That said, we’re wondering if we’ll ever be compelled to watch a MNF game again if it doesn’t include Sergio Dipp.
There really shouldn’t be any other incentive.
Since he was included in the Chargers-Broncos MNF contest for Week 1, and made one memorable appearance from the sidelines as part of the Beth Mowins-Rex Ryan broadcast team, we marked at moment by sending out a Tweet:

We also found this and added to the discussion:

That was rather tame compared to what followed (warning: people being mean can also be funny … even if he shouldn’t have been the target of the punchlines): Continue reading “NFL Week 2 in the L.A. TV market: Will we ever see Sergio Dipp again?” »

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