Inequality in NCAA
POSTED April 15, 2021
A negative spotlight came to the NCAA attention when Sedona Prince of the Oregon Ducks Women’s basketball team posted a video on Tik Tok of the women’s weight room. On March 18 the post shows the favoritism between the women’s and the men’s basketball tournaments.
This one incident started a whole situation that even male athletes wanted to change, people like Lebron James, Damian Lillard, and many more.
It wasn’t just the weight room they were provided with. It was also the Covid testing; they were provided with less trusted Covid testing equipment when the men were treated with the best.
It’s very clear that the NCAA women’s and men’s basketball get treated differently from each other. The first men’s NCAA basketball tournament was held in 1939, the women’s first NCAA basketball tournament was held in 1982, nearly 38 years after the first men’s tournament.
According to an ESPN interview with President of the NCAA Mark Emmert stated, I continue to apologize for the inequities between the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments that were exposed earlier this month, conceding, “we let them down.”
In 2019 the women’s basketball tournament had more than men. That’s the first time ever a women’s sport was viewed more than a sport involving men, other than women’s tennis. Will the difference between Women’s and Men’s sports change in 5 or 10 years?