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Why NCAA nix is such trouble for women’s squash

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

By Sarah Odell When the NCAA decided late in 2010 to cut squash from the emerging sport list, most people didn’t notice the decision, let alone realize the profound impact on the sport moving forward. But this decision is like hitting the serve out at nine-all in the fifth. Some background: 14 ...

No boast: Women’s squash in trouble

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

  By Sarah Odell Women’s squash is at a crossroads. I have written in this blog about huge strides that we have made with women’s doubles in the last year, but the women’s game as a whole -- singles and doubles, professionals and amateurs -- is in crisis. Women are being denied ...

Fresh take on Billie Jean King, ’70s feminism, sports — and Title IX

Monday, May 16th, 2011

By Laura Pappano In the new May/June issue of The Women's Review of Books, I wrote about Susan Ware's new book, Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports (UNC, 2011). You can read the view here. The book is timely, given mounting evidence that Title IX is ...

Required to cheer for your assailant? Whose rights count?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

By Susan McGee Bailey The U.S. Supreme Court last week remained silent in the case of a Texas cheerleader, but the message was alarmingly loud: It may be 2011, but high school girls don’t have the same rights as high school guys. The Court declined to hear an appeal from a Texas ...

Roster management = cheating. Will we ever enforce Title IX?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

By Laura Pappano Last July when Federal District Court Judge Stefan Underhill found Quinnipiac University violated Title IX, in part, because it counted cheerleading as a varsity sport, most of the debate was about – you guessed it: Is cheerleading a sport? The decision, however, also discussed the school’s “roster management” practices ...

Woman on men’s college tennis team wins conference rookie-of-the-week honors. Remind me: Why isn’t D3 tennis co-ed?

Friday, April 15th, 2011

By Laura Pappano Last week after Wheelock College freshman Claire O'Donoghue, a member of the Men's Tennis Team (yes, you read that correctly), earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory in singles and an 8-6 win in doubles with her male partner (plus narrowly lost another match in the third set), she was ...

12 new Title IX lawsuits filed today: What does it mean?

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

By Laura Pappano The National Women’s Law Center filed complaints today against 12 school districts (see press release here) that are meant to be a sampling – not an exhaustive expose of who’s ignoring Title IX. The suit is a reminder that, although Title IX opened doors of access, that it 1) ...

Go Long: Four Summer Sport Thoughts (with takeaway)

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

By Laura Pappano Often in the blur of sports headlines – one breathless item launched into circulation after another – we don’t get a chance to reflect. Sport, after all, tells us about ourselves, individually and collectively. Here’s thinking about four recent items: SERENA on SI: The buzz around Jon Wertheim’s cover ...

Lessons from Quinnipiac: Cheer should be an NCAA sport (with a different name), think fresh (don’t whine like the male wrestlers) — and, yes, we still need Title IX

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

By Laura Pappano When District Judge Stefan Underhill ruled against Quinnipiac University – last year they sought to cut women’s volleyball and add competitive cheer to fulfill Title IX requirements – the 95-page ruling ironically did more to boost competitive cheer than it did for the future of the university women’s ...

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) ...