Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander believes sexism is behind push for netball two-point shot

Australian netball coach Lisa Alexander believes sexist attitudes towards netball still exists among TV executives.
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Australian netball coach Lisa Alexander believes sexist attitudes towards netball still exists among TV executives.

Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander believes sexism is behind the push to introduce a two-point shot in the newly formed Australian domestic league.

Netball Australia (NA) is preparing to introduce the new rule in 2018, after succumbing to pressure from high-powered broadcast partner Channel 9.

There has been widespread opposition from players, coaches and fans for the basketball style shot to be introduced, and the TV network was keen for the laws to be introduced in the league's inaugural season next year.

However, NA were able to at least temporarily curb the plan so they could further examine the impact of the rule. 

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While the new rules won't be in play next year, it is understood the rule change is a "done deal" the following year. 

Alexander told NZME she believes sexist attitudes towards netball still exist among TV executives.

"There's a little bit of a feminist angle to that in that I don't particularly like males taking control of how our game progresses," she said.

"The game has been built from the ground up by many strong women over the years, in both Australia and New Zealand, and we need to respect the visionary women that have looked after the game so well and continued to grow it."

Alexander's anger is a far cry from the moment NA and Channel 9 signed a five-year broadcast agreement in June, a deal that was hailed as an important moment for the sport.

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 - Stuff

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