Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, more commonly known simply as Title IX, makes no mention of college sports. None. No "sports," "athletics," "scholarships" or anything sports-related in the 37-word law:
"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
Nonetheless, Title IX has a huge impact on college sports as schools balance academic and athletic opportunities for men and women. And as schools face the financial fallout of coronavirus cancellations, Title IX may drive some decisions, including Old Dominion's decision to eliminate wrestling while moving forward with a new women's volleyball team.
This week on the High Motor podcast, we discussed Title IX and wondered if exempting football (and/or potentially other revenue sports) from Title IX could save some non-revenue sports?