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Title IX Working After All?  Government Kills Collegiate Sports

Warner Todd Huston

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September 2, 2004

Several years ago when the gender police got involved in college sports and created the law known as Title IX, it was hailed as a way to raise up American sportswomen and raise the level of spending on women's collegiate sports.  It was claimed that this law would give more American women the chance to play their chosen sport at the highest levels, with the best coaches and funded in the proper "proportion" to spending on male sports.  To do this the law imposed rules meant to make the funding for sports "proportional".  In came quotas.

However, in practice, it has become clear that few women want to participate in sports in the first place despite all the great stuff the government wants to give them and despite how Big Brother is looking out for them.  As it turns out, to satisfy these strict quota laws created to give all those women who don't want to play sports in college the chance to play sports in college fewer men are being allowed to participate in their sports in those colleges.  Since funding has strict balances to meet and since women are not suddenly flocking to the gym to sign up for these programs funded by law, programs that fall on the wrong side of the spending levels must be cut.  Consequently, men's sports programs are the losers.

As Olympic wrestler Dan Gable has pointed out in a recent column, this means fewer trained Americans will be available to fill the Olympic teams of the future.  This seems like a natural conclusion to make.  As more and more colleges close the books on their sports offerings obviously it will make the pool of sportsmen smaller when it comes time to create new Olympic teams.  Gable reminds us that UCLA Men's swimming is over, University of Miami eliminated its diving program, Kent State has dumped its hockey team and many, many others have closed sports offerings due to Title IX spending restrictions.

This idea of Gable's and many other sports worriers, however, is a bit alarmist.  After all, government funding does not a sportsman make.  It is individual desire and drive that pushes someone to work hard enough and hone his skills to a sharp enough edge to compete at the Olympic level.  In a free society, we will have such people regardless of how much money government spends or does not spend on college sports.  In fact, I am for NO government spending on sports at all, thus no Title IX worries to begin with.  Certainly, if we were to ask James Madison how much money the Federal government should spend on things as frivolous as college sports programs you might get a quizzical look from him.  He would probably say something like: I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on college sports programs, the money of their constituents!  Let's face it.  Sports are not that important.

So, I might suggest that Title IX is working fine, though not in the way intended (as MOST government programs can be said to "work").  Title IX is tending to eliminate sports from the college campus and that should allow colleges to actually spend that money otherwise thrown away on sports for something useful.  Like education.  You remember that concept don't you?  Math, writing, reading, etc.?

So here is to Title IX.  If it is the end of college sports we can lift our glass and give it a hearty salute.  And we can observe that another government endeavor has done more to destroy the thing it seeks to regulate and make "better" than anything else.

 

Copyright Copyright 2020 by Warner Todd Huston & America's Voices, Inc.  All rights reserved.
Warner Todd Huston is a publisher/printer by trade and has enjoyed writing articles on history and current events which have appeared in several publications and many websites over the years.  He agrees with the old axiom that "those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it" and many of his opinion editorials use history as a lesson for us today.  You may contact Warner at whuston@americasvoices.org.

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