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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stretching the boundaries of Title IX

TweetAs promised, espnW this week rolled out “The Power of IX,” its special section devoted to the law that revolutionized women’s sports in America and that turns 40 in June. As expected, the site is attractive visually and has a compelling mix of stories, photos, videos and other multimedia content. The material is overwhelmingly positive […]

When women wouldn’t let girls get in the game

TweetTim Stevens of the Raleigh News & Observer pens a solid history of the absence of a North Carolina girls high school basketball state tournament until 1972, just before the passage of Title IX. This ban was cemented by actions over time from the male-dominated state high school athletic association, state school board association and […]

As the Title IX celebrations continue . . .

TweetA garden variety Title IX panel discussion at Wellesley College this week received┬áthe garden variety write-up from the Boston Globe. Meanwhile, five high school districts in Wisconsin are being investigated by┬áthe U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for alleged athletic disparities for females. Expect much more of the same during this 40th anniversary […]

Best of 2011: Issues in women’s sports

TweetThis week I’m bringing back some of my favorite posts from the year, and especially those that generated some good conversation. Issue pieces in sports always seem to do the trick, and these were no different. In June I posted a 10-part series I called “Women’s Sports Without Illusions,” a critical examination of the movement […]