Following criticism of recently published differences between men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, the NCAA hired a law firm to conduct an independent gender equality review across all three divisions and across all sports, the NCAA said Thursday.
According to the press release, the NCAA has hired New York-based Kaplan Hecker & Fink, “which has extensive Title IX and gender equality experience, to evaluate our practices and policies and make recommendations on actions we should take.” can take better. “
On Saturday, the NCAA upgraded its women’s strength training facilities in San Antonio after pictures and videos shared on social media contrasted sharply with what was made available at the Division I men’s basketball tournament in the Indianapolis area. The backlash resulted in a public apology from NCAA Vice President for Basketball, Dan Gavitt.
The NCAA also faced questions about differences in the so-called pouch bags given to players by men and women, the food options available, and the type of COVID-19 tests performed for both. Since the NCAA is not a public entity, it is not subject to the provisions of Title IX.
“The NCAA will continue to address significant and impactful differences between the Division I basketball championships for men and women,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in the statement. “While many of the operational issues identified have been resolved, we must continue to ensure that we are doing all we can to promote gender equality in sport. As part of this effort, we evaluate the current and past resource allocation for each championship. So we have a clear one Understanding of costs, expenses and income. “
Emmert said the law firm will help the NCAA assess their championships “to identify other gaps that need to be filled, both qualitatively and quantitatively, to achieve gender equality.” The NCAA is hoping for preliminary assessments in late April, followed by a final report this summer after all championships are closed.