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Let’s agree: The challenge in Title IX compliance is football. Now we can talk.

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

By Laura Pappano Given that the Super Bowl is a distant memory, the NFL Combine is done – and we have a day or two before spring college football begins (yes, games are now broadcast on TV), we have a sliver of free air to highlight Vanderbilt vice Chancellor David Williams’ ...

Super Bowl Quiz: What does NFL “family” entertainment tell girls?

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

By Katie Culver Here’s a Super Bowl quiz question: Would you send your daughter to a football game in her underwear? I wouldn’t. And yet, funny thing is, there’s women at every NFL football game in a close approximation of panties and bras. They just happen to be ...

5 Reasons many girls don’t play sports at my high school (and it’s not because they don’t want to)

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

By Hannah Ritchie Only one in four girls at Colleyville Heritage High School in Texas, my school, participate in sports while more than half of boys are on sports teams. This is NOT because girls aren’t interested. Last December, 3,374  girls in grades 6-12 participated in a survey to gauge their interest ...

Why I lovehate football

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

By Laura Pappano It's Thanksgiving and aside from turkey and family, this holiday is about football. What does a celebration of early American settlers and indigenous people coming together in prayerful feasting have to do with gladiator-style battle for territory and pigskin? It hardly matters. Football (plus turkey) rules. I love football. ...

Why Can’t DIII Football Be Co-Ed?

Friday, October 16th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_560" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Lebanon Valley College photo"][/caption] By Laura Pappano The phrase “college football” evokes testosterone-charged pre-U.S. Marine-style intensity and mammoth bodies colliding at ridiculously odd angles and high speeds. That may accurately describe DI teams on Saturday TV or at bowl game time, but how about the 0-6 Amcats at Anna ...

Baby blue for prostate cancer awareness?

Monday, October 5th, 2009

By Lauren Taylor Pink is nice, but how about baby blue? If the NFL wants to leverage the resources of Monday Night Football (and Sunday day and night football, too) on a public health issue -- and do it in a gender-coded manner -- how about a prostate cancer campaign? Why not speckle ...

Can the NFL make pink a legit sport color?

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

By Laura Pappano I can’t wait to see what happens when I tune in to the NFL this weekend. Will we see more dropped passes? Missed routes? Hugging and giggling in the huddle? After all, the league is kicking off a month-long effort to support breast cancer awareness through its “Crucial Catch” ...

Budget Crisis Special: Forget pay to play, consider pay to watch (and not just HS football)

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

By Laura Pappano School districts are sweating. Budgets are tight and they are cutting in the same old places, including middle and high school sports. (A recent American Association of School Administrators survey shows the proportion of school districts cutting extracurricular activities, including sports, will triple from 10 to 28 percent ...