In addition to being an expert on Title IX, Erin Buzuvis is also a top-notch "spinner". Read more here.
The law definitely struggles with an image problem, because when universities do have to cap or curtail men's opportunities, there's this sort of easy story that, "Well, it’s because of Title IX that we had to do this." While I believe that is a misleading statement, it is a story that gets told.
Enlighten us then, Erin. Why, when budget cuts are made, do men's sports like wrestling, gymnastics, swimming, track, etc. take the hits?
No, not the Rangers' 40th anniversary. Remember Title IX?
While most recent pieces on Title IX have touted progress for women in athletics, few have mentioned the decline in men's sports.
Doug Robinson points out the unintended consequences of proportionality here.
Universities have been running scared ever since and become remarkably creative in the process. They've scrambled to even up the numbers because a) football has 100 or so players on the roster and there isn't a women's football team, and b) there isn't as much interest in athletics among females.
Hundreds of men's programs have been cut to even the percentages of women vs. men in participation. According to one report, between 1981 and 1999, universities eliminated 171 men's wrestling teams, 84 men's tennis teams, 56 men's gymnastics teams, 27 men's track teams and 25 men's swimming teams. For every female athlete gained, 3.6 men were lost.
Ready for the more frightening news? Radicals spouting off on Title IX continue to tell the world "We still have a long way to go!"
I guess they won't be happy until they've wiped out a few hundred more men's programs...
Many of you have already seen this. In case you haven't, it's a letter from St. Louis Cardinal manager Mike Matheny to his Little League parents. Read it here.
Closes with this:
I know that right now you are asking yourself if this is what you want to get yourself into and I understand that for some of you it may not be the right fit. I also think that there is a great opportunity for these boys to grow together and learn some lessons that will go beyond their baseball experience. Let me know as soon as possible whether or not this is a commitment that you and your son want to make.
If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life. Frank Lloyd Wright
Ready for a positive story on men's college swimming? You won't find one here.
Butler is dealing with Title IX issues. Read more here. Don't worry about men's swimming being on the chopping block up there, though. They dumped men's swimming long ago.
Men's swimming was dropped at Rutgers a few years ago. Doesn't look like it saved them a whole lot of money, though. The university soaks students for a grand each year to prop up their bloated athletic department. Read more here.
Take your pick on which is the most damning statement about the Rutgers athletic department, based on a report by Bloomberg News this week examining spending in big-time sports:
a) Rutgers gave $28.5-million from the university budget and student fees, or almost $1,000 per student, to finance sports during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.
b) The $19.4-million that Rutgers allocated to athletics from its general budget would have been enough to hire about 256 assistant professors or 132 full professors, based on salary figures provided by the university.
c) Fiscal 2011 included the first losing football season in six years. Ticket sales for all sports, led by football, plunged by $3.1-million; donations fell $1.5-million; and income from royalties and licensing declined $477,558.
How about d) all of the above ?
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The avalanche of Title IX 40th Birthday articles is upon us. What few will contain is the truth about how screwed up this well-intentioned law has become.
Proportionality has DIRECTLY resulted in the elimination of thousands of athletic opportunities for young men. Whether it was roster caps or the outright cutting of entire programs, proportionality has destroyed coaching and athletic careers across the nation.
College Swimming has posted a list of men's swimming programs dropped in the past few decades here.