Thursday, August 5, 2021

Gender Equity Review Slams NCAA


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Gender Equity Review Slams NCAA

New report commissioned by NCAA finds a massive gender inequity in college  basketball | Sports |

by Amanda Christovich, Front Office Sports

"Back in April, NCAA president Mark Emmert commissioned a gender equity review following the disparities between this year’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

On Tuesday, the firm, Kaplan Hecker and Fink, released the highly anticipated report. While the study confirmed many reports about the inequities during the basketball tournaments, it also revealed more disparities that went far deeper than previous reports. 

Further, it found that gender inequity is “baked into the very fabric of the tournaments” — and the NCAA structure.

“Gender inequities at the NCAA — and specifically within the NCAA Division I basketball championships — stem from the structure and systems of the NCAA itself, which are designed to maximize the value of and support to the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship as the primary source of funding for the NCAA and its membership,” the report said."

>> Court Awareness: "The 100-page report combined hundreds of interviews, listening sessions, submitted comments, and documents from the NCAA. Athletes, coaches, parents, school and NCAA administrators participated."

There were four main areas in which inequities existed:

  • Men’s basketball has more participation opportunities than women’s basketball
  • The NCAA’s revenue distribution model prioritizes men’s basketball
  • The NCAA’s media rights agreements “perpetuate” inequity
  • The very structure and culture of the governing body “prioritize” men’s basketball
>> Between The Lines: "To conclude, the report suggested seven categories of recommendations to improve equity not only for Division I basketball, but also basketball at the Division II and III level."

>> Quotable: "The NCAA Board of Governors is wholly committed to an equitable experience among its championships. We know that has not always been the case and the instance of the Division I Women's Basketball Championship is an important impetus for us to improve our championship experience so it is not repeated."

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>> Read the Board of Governors Statement


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2. Fall Sports Guidance

"The NCAA has released guidance for fall training and competition amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 Fall Training and Competition document includes testing, quarantine, isolation, and other athletic and nonathletic activity considerations for unvaccinated and fully vaccinated Tier 1 individuals. As previously defined, Tier 1 individuals are those with the highest exposure (for example, student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, medical staff, equipment staff and officials).

"Current vaccination rates remain inadequate to provide community-level immunity," NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline said. "It is essential that member schools work in concert with federal, state and local public health officials to develop COVID-19 prevention and management strategies that make sense for them."

Emergent evidence on the highly transmissible delta variant of COVID-19 suggests fully vaccinated individuals can become infected by the delta variant and transmit the virus to others even when asymptomatic. Importantly, individuals who are fully vaccinated have considerable protection from hospitalization and death from COVID-19, including the delta variant."

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3.  A Conference Rebrands
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The conference formerly known as the North Eastern Athletic Conference has rebranded as The United East.

“This is a monumental day for our conference as we begin a new era as the United East,” said United East Commissioner Stephanie Dutton. “Our new identity is a true reflection of our membership and our core values. As a conference that serves as the home for a diverse group of institutions, we have a mark that clearly conveys our desire to continually rise upward together as a united group.”

Beginning in early February 2021, the conference paired up with Skye Design Studios to help develop a new identity that would elevate the look and feel of the conference as a whole. With help from all nine core member institutions, a decision was made to instill a name change as to better represent the true identity of the conference. The name “United East” rose to the forefront as it describes our conference’s commitment to collaborate on a shared mission in a diverse environment while also still giving a nod to the geographical placement of the member schools.

The United East Conference is home to nine member institutions of which compete at the highest level of NCAA Division III athletics. Founded in 2004 as the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), the United East has seen its membership evolve to one that now encompasses schools in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

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4.  Comings and Goings

5. Hot and Cold

It's the mashup you never knew you needed! Flamin' Hot Cheetos ice cream.
by Samantha Ibrahim, New York Post

"Ice cream is a surefire way to beat the heat in summer, but what happens when you add fire to ice?

Marble Slab Creamery partnered with Frito-Lay’s Flamin’ Hot Cheetos to create a new creamy and dreamy concoction. The spicy and cheesy corn puffs and the ice cream shop announced the mashup: a Cheetos Flamin’ Hot Ice Cream and a Cheetos Flamin’ Hot Shake.

The flavor features Texas-based Marble Slab Creamery‘s sweet cream base with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos crushed throughout and is available in a cup, cone or shake."

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