Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

The NCAA spends more on male athletes than female ones on average, especially when it comes to the few championship events seen as the organization’s big money makers.

“The mere handful of championships” viewed by the college athletics regulator as revenue-producing are exclusively men’s championships, according to a new report issued Tuesday night by the law firm of Kaplan Hecker & Fink.

“This has significant implications for efforts to achieve gender equity between the men’s and women’s championships in those sports,” the report said.

The law firm found the NCAA spent $4,285 for men’s Division I and national championship participants, excluding basketball. For female participants, the NCAA spent about $1,700 less that same 2018-19 season.

The gap is even larger when it comes to the six single-gender sports, like wrestling and beach volleyball. The NCAA spends $2,229 more per student-athlete for the men’s championships than for the women’s.

Kaplan Hecker & Fink was hired earlier this year by the NCAA to investigate disparities between men and women’s athletics. The analysis issued Tuesday was the second such external analysis of how the NCAA treats men and women’s athletics.

The investigations were prompted in March after the NCAA was criticized for stark differences between the amenities offered to men’s Division I basketball teams and the women’s teams during their championship events.

A video shared on TikTok showed minimal equipment in the women’s weight room during their championships. In comparison, the men’s room had far more weights and power racks. The clear visual differences launched a deluge of criticism from athletes and officials in college athletics.

The August review found that the organization has treated women’s games unfairly for years.

The law firm wrote, “This same pressure has led the NCAA to invest more — and in some instances considerably more — in those championships that it views as already or potentially revenue-producing, while minimizing spending for other championships.”

As Kaplan Hecker & Fink did this summer, the firm provided the NCAA with several ideas for reforms in this latest report.

In a statement released Tuesday after reviewing the report, the NCAA’s Board of Governors reiterated its promises to change and evaluate the recommendations.

“These changes may require altering budgets and business models while evaluating the balance between resources devoted to championships that produce revenue and resources for those that do not,” the organization’s leaders said. The NCAA president has been directed to evaluate recommendations with other governance groups to identify the next steps, the organization said.

Since the August analysis was issued, the NCAA has taken steps to address gender equity concerns in basketball. Those changes included using March Madness marketing at both the Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. The organization has said more changes are on the way.

The NCAA perceives male sports as more lucrative, the report said
Tuesday’s report highlighted that the NCAA only perceives men’s championships in Division I baseball, men’s basketball, men’s ice hockey, men’s lacrosse, and wrestling as money makers.

Most of the time, men’s and women’s championships of the same sports are resourced equitably by the NCAA, the report said. But for sports where one championship is viewed as more lucrative than its female counterpart, “stark differences in spending and staffing emerge, leading to inequitable student-athlete experiences in those championships.”

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