Besides, the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, the outfit that's responsible for enforcing Title IX and responding to complaints, has ruled that a sport's ability to produce revenue is irrelevant. What is a college athletic department, anyway? A collection of private entrepreneurships, each entitled to keep any money it generates? That's not how the rest of a university operates. When a physics professor produces some superconductive material in a university lab, it's common intellectual property.
But a winning football team makes alumni happy. Happy alumni open up their wallets. The whole school benefits.
A complete canard. Study after study has shown there's no correlation between success in football and alumni giving.
But not all athletes are created equal. Who needs more equipment—a middle linebacker or a girl squash player?
Donna Lopiano, the executive director of the Women's Sports Foundation, used to be the women's athletic director at Texas. She's no fool. She knows what it costs to outfit a football player, and she knows it's not reasonable to ask for the same amount of money to dress athletes in other sports. She once said, "I'm not going to buy chinchilla warmups for my basketball team just to be able to say we spend the same amount."
Well, who needs more medical attention, a linebacker or a gymnast?
The Office for Civil Rights allows for different injury rates in different sports. Title IX doesn't require that there be as many medics at a women's golf tournament as at a football game. It doesn't require per capita equality in spending, either. But if the male gymnasts are lodged two to a room on road trips, the female gymnasts shouldn't be lodged four to a room. And if the men's basketball team flies to a game, don't bus the women's team to play the same school.
So I suppose people like you want to see women's football.
There doesn't have to be a women's team in every sport in which there's a men's team. When the feds investigate a Title IX complaint, they're less concerned with comparing teams than with seeing whether men's and women's programs are equitable overall. Title IX is supremely reasonable. It doesn't frown on differences in interest, only on disparity in accommodation. Title IX mandates equity, not equality. Easy to remember, Uncle Eb. Just forget the a and the l.
It's hard to, seeing as they make up most of your name, Alan Alda.