Why this matters
New Global Sport Institute Field Study data show that after the passage of Title IX, women's saw an influx of mostly White men as coaches, creating a disparity that lingers today. Part Two of a series on the Global Sport Matters Podcast features a roundtable of women's sports experts examining the state of the sport, the barriers in the way of its growth, and how it moves forward in popularity and equity.
Guest producer Karen Given hosts a women's college basketball roundtable, exploring how the sport can become more equitable, what research shows us about fandom and passion around women's hoops, and how to grow the sport as the NCAA and other social factors stand in the way. Joining Given are Dr. Nicole LaVoi, director of the Tucker Center at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Nancy Lough, the director of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas' sports management program, and Lindsay Gibbs, who writes the Power Plays newsletter.
The trio of experts discusses the new Kaplan Report on gender inequity in women's college basketball and in all NCAA women's sports, new opportunities in NIL and beyond for women hoopers like Paige Bueckers, and more.
This is part two of a series from Given; listen to part one here.
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Across the world, basketball is relatively unique among team sports with the volume of women who play and coach in its ranks. Still, trends in the sport’s leadership don’t accurately reflect the athletes who put in the work each day on the court.
While a diverse crop of head coaches at HBCUs has not created a pipeline to the Power Five, new momentum behind women’s sports has helped carry women’s basketball to new heights. Can an exciting, outspoken generation of leaders in the sport turn it into a more equitable and popular avenue for women to thrive as leaders and athletes?