Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Maybe - just maybe - ...

...the tide is turning.

University of Delaware officials have agreed to mediation over the dumping of men's track.

Brown University is holding off on their sports cuts.

Cal has reinstated the five sports they'd threatened to drop.

While we can't put them all in the "win" column yet, it seems that college administrators are at least hearing our message.

Education has been an important factor.

Some folks have learned about Title IX enforcement via sites like Saving Sports, pieces in newspapers (New York Times), and on television (ESPN).

Others have seen their sports "hijacked" by Title IX activists. Nevada & NYC high school girls' soccer, along with Michigan high school girls' basketball, have suffered while a few radicals pushed through their agendas.

Still others have found out about Title IX enforcement when their sons wanted to continue competing in college. That's when they ran into sport cuts, roster caps, and reduced scholarship opportunities.

It's a real eye-opener when they realize that men's D-I swimming is limited to 9.9 scholarships per team while the women can divide up 14 per school.

This means that even schools that wish to fully fund both programs must discriminate against male swimmers.

Senseless, right?

Most people agree.

In fact, a recent Rasmussen poll found that only 13% of adults support proportionality.

Looks like the message is getting through.

But colleges have been struggling to meet the law as the number of students who are women has risen. With women comprising 57% of college students today, just 13% of adults think the federal government should require that each college have an appropriate number of women athletes to ensure that 57% of college athletes overall are women. Most adults (64%) oppose such a requirement, while another 23% are undecided about it.

Early in the proportionality debacle, those protesting against men's sports cuts were mostly male. Now that women are also on board, we should gain momentum in our drive to end gender quotas in college sports and

Save the Males!!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

two comments: it seems football takes up a lot of men's money - there needs to be a way to help equilibrate that - after that, then it seems there can be overall fairness

also - lets hope these schools are not just "waiting until the spotlight fades" to make the cuts