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Unsportsmanlike

College Sports Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 29, 2007 – A study of NCAA athletic participation data released today by the College Sports Council shows steep and steady declines in college athletic opportunities for men.
The longitudinal analysis reveals an ongoing pattern of eliminating male teams over the last 25 years. Previous studies of long-term participation rates failed to account for the growing number of NCAA member schools. For the first time, the CSC study accounts for that factor, uncovering a host of downward trends.
“Anyone that examines the data should be alarmed to see that schools have been cutting men’s teams across the board for years,” said Eric Pearson, Chairman of the CSC.
“There has never been a more urgent time to reform Title IX and restore the law to its original intent which is fairness for everyone,” said Jessica Gavora, CSC Communications Director and author of “Tilting the Playing Field.” “Proportionality enforcement has cost thousands of young men their place on the team and these study findings should be a wake-up call for everyone who cares about athletics.”

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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