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Sharing the Hardwood: Mixed Sex Ball Plans Excitement and Equity

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

By Mariah Philips Professional sports have long been segregated by sex, so what happens when men and women play on the same team? In a high-profile sport like professional basketball? We are about to find out. The Mixed Gender Basketball Association, MGBA, Inc., has a mission of integrating both men and women ...

The problem with HS football (it’s not just concussions)

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

By Laura Pappano I had to wince at a Birmingham News pre-season high school football analysis: Quick! Go pay $6 to see Hueytown high school quarterback Jameis Winston because “come 2012 at a major BCS school [it]will be around $50 and that’s not even counting the donation for priority seating…” It’s there. ...

Title IX in the Football Realignment Universe: sole sanity in a money-mad college sports culture

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

By Laura Pappano The frenzy of conference switching (Colorado, Utah, Nebraska plus others at least thinking about it), has caused a stir for one reason: Colleges fret that if the future really is about a few megaconferences that some schools will be big winners (measured in TV dollars and bowl berths) ...

Foul call: Women’s softball cut short by darkness beside empty, lighted men’s baseball field

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1344" align="alignright" width="175" caption="Photo is for illustration only. Credit: Walla Walla University"][/caption] By Rachael Goldenberg Who would have thought that one call -- way back on opening day -- could determine the outcome of a collegiate softball season? Wednesday, March 17 was the start of the season for Wellesley College’s Varsity Softball ...

Never mind on that Title IX spam – er survey – rule. But what next?

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

By Laura Pappano Never mind. That was message in Tuesday’s “Dear Colleague” letter issued by the federal Office for Civil Rights. Never mind about that 2005 policy saying it was OK for colleges to meet a Title IX compliance prong gauging female interest in sports by sending out internet spam – er, ...

Stats that Matter: Counting Women’s Access to Play and Power

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

By Laura Pappano In a sports culture in which OBP, ERA, PR, SOG, QB Ratings (among others) rule the landscape, Linda Jean Carpenter and R. Vivian Acosta track stats you won't catch among box scores, but that have served a generation: Women's access to play and power in college athletics. “There isn’t ...