Category Archives: women's sports

Introducing my new book: “Beyond Title IX”

TweetThe deluge of celebratory media coverage in recent weeks over the 40th anniversary of the enactment of Title IX has been remarkable.
I’ve commented on this blog about the flood the zone coverage of espnW, and what has been missing from its narrative.
On  Saturday, ESPN Classic filled in some of that gap with a substantive documentary, [...]

Thank you for inspiring my dreams

TweetI haven’t benefitted from Title IX in a sports context, and readers here certainly know I’ve got problems with the way the sports compliance provisions are being enforced by the courts.
But this terrific video compiled by World Team Tennis is the perfect tribute to a woman who has done so much more than to advocate [...]

Fear-mongering and Title IX

TweetIt’s perfectly understandable to go back down memory lane with the 40th anniversary of Title IX approaching and recall what women’s sports were like in the 1970s.
I know this, because I was playing in fledgling youth sports leagues at the time, limited to slow-pitch softball and six-on-six basketball. That was all we had, but those [...]

NCAA scholarship limits and the Title IX numbers game

TweetESPN The Magazine’s Peter Keating laid out a case on espnW this week for changes in NCAA scholarship allocation limits that he asserts is “the silent enemy” of men’s non-revenue sports.
There are some interesting numbers here, and he does make a good point in suggesting that raising scholarship limits in non-revenue sports “may be the [...]

Raining on the Title IX parade

TweetI’ve not found many more refreshing athletes to cover than Brandi Chastain.
And I’ve never been enamored with Republican politicians whose voting records are a predictable laundry list of all the issues, economic and social, that I couldn’t be more opposed to.
But when California Assemblyman Chris Norby expressed his concern this week over court interpretations of [...]

Who decides what is a sport?

TweetLast week USA Today wrote about the growing popularity of flag football for girls in high schools, especially in Florida, where it is a state championship sport.
Flag football also has been introduced at the varsity level in Washington, D.C., and is growing as a club sport in parts of Texas.
More girls coming out to play [...]

Pat Summitt and the power of personality

TweetThe sport that Pat Summitt helped transform is going through a massive upheaval just as she steps away from the sideline.
The designation last month of the Tennessee Lady Vols legend as “head coach emeritus” added to the more than 60 head coach openings in women’s Division I college basketball in one of the busiest hiring [...]

A clarion call for Title IX reform

TweetI don’t imagine Sports Illustrated or espnW will be inclined to get into this at all during their rhapsodic celebrations of Title IX, but there are those who believe the law needs to be re-evaluated after 40 years — and even reformed.
And, contrary to what you may hear, they are not all people who hate [...]

Ways of rating female athletes

TweetBoth espnW and Sports Illustrated have compiled lists of the Top 40 women athletes of the Title IX era, and they’re both revealing in their approaches.
First of all, SI’s list is already done and available on one link, in a very compelling photo gallery. There are some notable omissions. No Dot Richardson, softball gold medalist [...]

Historic moment for unflappable, undefeated Baylor

TweetDENVER — Ken Starr was thumbing his smartphone as Kim Mulkey speculated about the response to Baylor’s NCAA women’s basketball championship Tuesday night.
“At Baylor they used to not let the Baptists dance,” Mulkey said. “I’ll bet they’re dancing now.”
A shell-shocked Notre Dame (35-4), which lost to Texas A & M in last year’s championship game, [...]