NCAA weight room discrepancy reflects chronic gender inequality

The NCAA has a chronic downside with undervaluing ladies, author and host Jemele Hill mentioned Friday — and the most recent controversy over weight room discrepancies places a highlight on that inequality.

“This has been a long standing, consistent problem when it comes to the lack of equity between men’s and women’s sports,” mentioned Hill. “This should let everybody know who’s watching this and hearing about this story, that this was about the fact they didn’t think they were worth it to begin with.”

A Stanford University sports activities efficiency coach posted photographs to Twitter Thursday revealing inequities between the ladies’s and males’s weight rooms.

The photographs, posted by Ali Kershner, a coach with the Stanford ladies’s basketball and golf groups, confirmed the ladies’s weight room facility on the NCAA bubble in San Antonio — a rack of dumbbells and a few yoga mats. The males’s weight room facility, at their NCAA bubble in Indianapolis. was decked out with a fitness center’s price of kit.

On a Zoom name Friday morning, NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt vowed to do higher.

“I apologize to the women’s student-athletes, coaches and committee for dropping the ball on the weight room issue in San Antonio, we’ll get it fixed as soon as possible,” Gavitt mentioned.

The NCAA’s Vice President of Women’s Basketball Lynn Holzman mentioned later Friday the group is reviewing the way to regulate sq. footage and supply extra coaching opporunities.

Hill defined to CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” on Friday that the speedy response was telling.

“When they got caught and this video went viral, suddenly within 24 hours they have a change of heart,” mentioned Hill, who hosts the Spotify podcast “Jemele Hill is Unbothered.” “The money was always there. The money isn’t the issue. The issue is they don’t think these women are worth it.”

ESPN has a $500 million, 14-year deal by means of the 2023-24 educational yr with the NCAA for expanded rights to 24 collegiate championships, together with continued protection of the ladies’s Division I basketball event. 

Hill informed host Shepard Smith that, transferring ahead, the NCAA should “do everything that they can to show that they take women’s sports seriously, because this looks even worse, given the fact that the backdrop of this is that it’s Women’s History Month.” 

Representatives for the NCAA weren’t instantly out there Friday to answer Hill’s feedback.

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