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Discrimination in Sports Weve all heard the story A poor kid grows up in the tough part of town Lifes rough but the kid has a dream One day the kid says Im going to get out of here I going to be the best football or basketball baseball or hockey player in school and Ill win a college scholarship Then Ill go PRO Nice story right Well the plot varies and very few kids actually become professional athletes but ONE element of this story remains the samethe kid is almost always a guy Turn on the TV set Have you ever noticed the difference between men and womens college basketball games Go beyond the details like smaller basketballs longer shot clocks and the way the players move on the court Look at the crowds Mens college games are usually packed with cheering fans waving banners and wearing team colours Womens games draw smaller crowds though the fans devotion remains as strong Mens games draw bigger crowds This may be because schools put more emphasis on the achievement and skills of their mens teams Move your attention now from the stands to the scoreboard While mens teams often have tough sounding names like Bulldogs Demons and in our case Eagles the womens teams are given softer names This is usually accomplished by incorporating the word Lady to the original team name Thus the Bulldogs become the Lady Bulldogs the Demons become the Lady Demons and in our case the Eagles become the Lady Eagles andwell you get the picture The way to ensure that all parties are treated equally is to have the same standards apply to both mens and womens sports The gender of the sport should be irrelevant when making decisions about whether to make changes to the national tournament If a sport meets the objective criteria for expansion then it has earned the right to expand If gender becomes a factor
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