Are Things Equal Between The Sexes In College Sports?

"Monday night football won\'t be shown this week, instead women\'s field
hockey will be aired." Monday night football has been a long lasting American
pastime and a change like this would tend to really shock and upset millions of
dedicated football fans. This group, made up of mostly men gather round the
tube each week for a chance to watch men running around a field carrying a ball
and running into each other. The situation I stated earlier probably won\'t
happen, at least not in the near future. Men\'s sports still seem to dominate,
and in order to allow this to be changed, certain steps must be taken. First of
all, the situation needs to be addressed as a serious problem, then those people
affected need to be determined. Next, the cause of the problem needs to be
addressed and finally, it is time to think of solutions.
So, first of all, is there really a problem? Why does it matter that
men get all the attention in sports? That\'s the way it has been for hundreds of
years dating back to the first Olympics. But then again why should men get all
the attention, women work just as hard as men at their sports, why not give them
some credit? Men and women are treated differently in sports ranging from the
size of budgets, the number of scholarships given, and in how many athletes are
participating in sports.
Men\'s athletic budgets are without a doubt a lot higher than women\'s
athletic budgets. On average men\'s athletic budgets are nearly five times that
of women\'s (Moline 18). An example of this is at schools that offer women\'s
sports of field hockey and volleyball that have budgets less than 20% of that
which is allocated for men\'s sports (Hanmer 13). Overall operating funds for
women\'s sports are about three times that of men\'s (Moline 18). Funding for
individual sports is different but when all added together men receive a lot
more money for their sports than women.
Another difference between men\'s and women\'s sports is the number of
athletic scholarships given to athletes of differing sexes. Male athletes, as a
whole, receive twice the number of scholarships that women athletes receive
(Moline 18). In a survey conducted by the NCAA( national collegiate athletic
association) of 253 division 1 schools, athletic scholarship funding was 69.5%
for men and 30.5% for women. The actual average amount of money given for
scholarships was $849,130 for men and $372,800 for women (Farrey C1). In 1992,
division 1 schools with football teams were allowed to offer 92 scholarships per
season (Farrey C1). This exceeds any other sport, men or women\'s, in the number
of scholarships available. When everything is added together male athletes
receive more scholarship money than female athletes. This is another example
of the inequality between the sexes.
Yet another difference between men and women\'s collegiate sports is the
number of participants. The ratio of men to women at most colleges is usually
one to one, but sports participation is usually two to one favoring men (Tarkan
25). Men\'s athletic teams are generally bigger than women\'s teams. This could
be attributed to the bigger budgets and more scholarships that would allow men\'s
teams to be larger. This two to one ratio shows that participation is not equal
and therefore women are discriminated against.
These examples of inequality in college sports shows that there is a
problem and it has been a problem for some time. Women have less money budgeted
for their sports, less scholarship money, and there are a lot fewer female
athletes than male athletes. In 1975, a girl in Colorado had to use the court
system in order to be allowed to practice and play with a men\'s team. This was
done since there was no available women\'s team. (Hanmer 96). Having to go to
court, again shows that a problem does exist, and even though it is getting
better, with the number of female athletes rising, the problem of inequality
still exists.
Now that it is known that a problem exists, the next step in solving
the problem is to figure out who is affected by sexual discrimination in sports.
Contrary to popular belief, female athletes are not the only people affected by
sexual discrimination. Male athletes, female athletes, and society are all
harmed by sexual discrimination in sports.
First of all, the most noticed and the biggest group of people that have
brought this problem to everyone\'s attention is the female athlete. Female
athletes have struggled for years to become men\'s equals in many