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Potential Gender Equity Problems with Identical Budget Allocations

Potential Gender Equity Problems with Identical Budget Allocations

June 27, 2011 - Christine H.B. Grant, Ph.D.
Senior Associate

There appears to be a growing tendency for athletic directors to allocate identical budgets to like sports e.g. men’s and women’s tennis teams or golf teams etc. At first blush, this may seem to be an admirable practice because when an institution does not offer football, this approach may result in full compliance with Title IX in the treatment of student-athletes.

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A “Tiering” Caution on Different Treatment of Male and Female Student-Athletes

A “Tiering” Caution on Different Treatment of Male and Female Student-Athletes

May 10, 2011 - Christine H.B. Grant, Ph.D.
Senior Associate

At some institutions, sports have been officially tiered i.e. supported and treated in significantly different fashions.  When this occurs, it is important to realize that to select an equal number of men’s and women’s sports to be in the top tier will NOT be in compliance with Title IX if one of these sports is football. For example:
TIER I
Men’s Sports          #S-As            Women’s Sports          #S-As

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IN MEMORY OF DR. BOB FREDERICK - A Spirit Deeply Missed

IN MEMORY OF DR. BOB FREDERICK - A Spirit Deeply Missed

June 14, 2009 - Christine H.B. Grant, Ph.D.
Senior Associate

On Friday, 12th June the intercollegiate athletic world lost one of the most respected athletic directors and human beings in the nation.  Bob Frederick died after suffering a tragic bicycling accident on the previous day.  There will be many tributes to Bob from across the country for he was an excellent athletics director, a leader in many key positions in the NCAA & a wonderful teacher.  But we at Sports  Management Resources (SMR) wish to honor him, not for his accomplishments, which were many, but for the values by which he lived.

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Football Bowl Subdivision Athletics Budgets Increase at Alarming Rate

Football Bowl Subdivision Athletics Budgets Increase at Alarming Rate

February 23, 2009 - Christine H.B. Grant, Ph.D.
Senior Associate

From the Financial Reports issued by the NCAA it is clear that the athletic budgets of  men’s basketball and football at many institutions in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) are increasing at an alarming rate.   For example, the 2006 budget showed a 14% increase for men’s sports over the 2005 budget, while the budget for women’s sports indicated only a 6% increase.  Men's football and basketball now consume 78% of men's athletics operating budgets.

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