Miami University & Sports

From: Sharon Hushka (
Date: Fri Nov 19 1999 - 16:23:25 EST

Before jumping to conclusions, a review of the facts re: sports and
equity can be found at The Chronicle of Higher Education's website re:
Miami University

In their report, in every category, males are given more than female
athletes in comparing participation rates, athletic scholarships,
recruiting budgets, and pay for coaches. While mens sports do generate
more revenues, they also consume 69% percent of the total revenues, yet
overall ending with a budget deficit. In comparing scholarship
allocation since 1995, there has only been a net change of 1% with
allocation for women's scholarships increasing from 31% to 32%.

Miami University ( ) still offers
many athletic opportunities for male students. These include: baseball,
basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, swim/diving, and
track & field. Female athletic opportunities include basketball, cross
country, field hockey, soccer, softball, synch. skating, swim/diving,
tennis, track & field, and volleyball. The Chron. of Higher Education
indicated 390 males and 313 females are participating in sports.

The complaint by the soccer, tennis, and wrestling players should be
focused on the manner in which the budget is divided. Review of the
facts indicate, even though the male teams are receiving the bulk of the
budget, it is not benefitting those teams that have been cut. However,
the cuts cannot be blamed on equity, afterall women athletes still
disproportionatley are not receiving their equitable share.

The USA Today (11/19/99) article is posted below:

"Male athletes sue university over Title IX

CINCINNATI - Miami University, its president,
trustees and athletics director are being sued by male athletes upset with
the school's attempt to comply with Title IX, a federal law designed to
equalize money spent on men's and women's sports...."

Sharon Hushka

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