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Criticisms of Title IX

Title IX is not without its critics. This is particularly true of those who are involved with low-profile men’s sports, such as wrestling or diving. According to some critics, schools have eliminated some smaller men’s sports in order to finance women’s sports. Supporters of Title IX have countered that the reason why the smaller sports have been sacrificed is because schools refuse to divert money from men’s sports that produce the most revenue, particularly football and basketball. In 2003, a 15-member Commission on Opportunities in Athletics studied Title IX in order to make recommendations for strengthening and improving the statute. The report suggested that the Department of Education should reaffirm its commitment to enforcing Title IX and should aggressively enforce its provisions in a uniform way. Nevertheless, the debate about the positive and negative effects of this statute has continued.

Inside Criticisms of Title IX