Of all the laws that have benefited athletics in the past 40 years, Title IX has been the most valuable, misunderstood and controversial.
Title IX was enacted on June 23, 1972, and states “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Title IX is not a liberal conspiracy intended to deny men the opportunity to stay physically fit. President Richard Nixon, hardly a darling of the left, signed Title IX into law.
When Title IX was being debated as an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, very little mention was made of athletics. Instead, the focus was on graduate school and employment opportunities for women.
Female enrollment in medical and law schools increased almost immediately.
Now, when Title IX is mentioned, it seems to concern only athletics.
Title IX is necessary, especially for athletics. Few colleges would invest much in women’s soccer, volleyball, lacrosse or even basketball but for the legal mandate.
But there is a problem with Title IX — football.