The decline of men’s sports

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on July 10, 2012

At the collegiate level, men’s sports have been on the decline for decades ever since federal courts outlined the only safe harbor for compliance with Title IX was having the equal numbers of men and women athletes. Ignore the fact that men are more sports-oriented generally than women. The number of men’s gymnastic and wrestling programs have been dwindling for decades. Numerous schools have dropped college football as well.

Now, the bean-counters have marked another milestone.

During this, the summer of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, American women have reached another milestone in sports: For the first time, they outnumber men on the U.S. Olympic team.

The U.S. Olympic Committee released its roster for the London Olympics on Tuesday. There were 269 women and 261 men.

CEO Scott Blackmun called it a "true testament to the impact of Title IX," the 1972 law that increased opportunities for women in sports across America.

Don’t get me wrong. I think Title IX was a good idea, implemented poorly. Schools have reduced the athletic opportunities for men instead of increasing them for women to enter the legal safe harbor.

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