Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Olympic Greats John Naber, Peter Vidmar, Dan Gable and Cael Sanderson join with Actor Billy Baldwin Calling for 'Common Sense' reform of Title

Earlier today, the College Sports Council issued the following press release:

Washington, D.C., August 4, 2008
– Over 25 U.S. Olympians and over 35 NCAA Champions have endorsed a College Sports Council petition calling on the U.S. Congress to enact common sense reform of the federal regulations governing Title IX compliance.

As of today, U.S. Olympic champions John Naber (4x Gold, Swimming, 1976), Peter Vidmar (Gold, Gymnastics, 1984), Dan Gable (Gold, Freestyle Wrestling, 1972) and Cael Sanderson (Gold, Freestyle Wrestling, 2004) as well as actor Billy Baldwin, who wrestled in college at SUNY Binghamton, have signed the petition.

“I support the CSC’s efforts to reform Title IX, so that the law can continue to protect women from discrimination, but without harming men. If we don’t reform the current regulations that govern Title IX, we will continue to see more athletic programs eliminated, and that would be a tragic loss,” said Olympic swimming legend John Naber.

On June 23, 2008, the CSC launched a national petition drive on the 36th anniversary of the passage of Title IX calling on men and women to work together to effect “straightforward and common-sense” reform to the law’s enforcement mechanism in college athletics.

The text of the petition reads:

WHEREAS … Men’s collegiate athletic teams are being eliminated and rosters are being capped at an alarming rate in order to comply with the “proportionality” enforcement prong ...

WHEREAS … Women collegiate athletes are being robbed of their training partners, teammates and biggest supporters when men’s teams are eliminated ...

WHEREAS … Straightforward and common-sense fixes to the enforcement mechanism are already available – such as a simple survey that would allow any student, male or female, to express interest and be given opportunity ...

WHEREAS ... The law's current method of enforcement is discriminating against male athletes and artificially limiting opportunities to participate ...

WHEREAS ... The current tenor of the debate over the future of Title IX sets up a zero sum contest pitting men against women that hurts the collective cause of all college athletes ...

BE IT RESOLVED ... That men and women across the country come together to discuss and implement a set of common sense reforms to Title IX enforcement that maximizes the opportunities of all college athletes regardless of gender.

WE THE UNDERSIGNED ...


The petition can be signed online at: http://www.petitiononline.com/csc2008/petition.html. Over 4,700 others have already signed it.

The College Sports Council is a national coalition of coaches, parents, athletes, and alumni devoted to the preservation and promotion of the student athlete experience.

Additional Background and Sources: http://www.collegesportscouncil.org.

1 comment:

Crawler said...

Looks as though the proportionality interpretation of Title IX really is killing the United States Olympic squad in these 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the first one in which the effects of it are really obvious for the world to see. As of one week in, the Chinese are just crushing us, they have almost double our gold medals! (25 to 14) It's not even close.

It's easy to diagnose why: We used to be dominant in Olympics diving, remember Greg Louganis for example. But now we've basically ceded this sport to China, which means an enormous gold medal haul in their favor-- simply because diving teams have been cut across the country. We used to kick tail and take numbers in wrestling, now Russia and other countries are kicking our butts in the sport. Same with gymnastics-- a big treasure trove of medals we've mostly ceded to China. So far in swimming only because we have a couple superstars like Michael Phelps, and even then our results have been rather disappointing compared to expectations. Soon, even in swimming we won't be able to paper over the effects of gutting our university swimming teams. Who knows how many other sports have been decimated by Title IX in the proportionality interpretation.

It's just like people are saying, the concept behind Title IX is a good one, and there are intelligent ways to enforce it that are not zero-sum, but instead help both men and women athletes-- by doing a better job of gauging interest in the sports among both genders, and not requiring an artificial percentage linkage to the number of students in a particular school. (Why don't we use the same proportionality interpretation for something like law, or dance for that matter?) Even with Beijing hosting the Games, we were expected to be at least competitive in the Gold Medal Count-- and instead, we're being humiliated before the world.

Perhaps the most bitter irony of this whole thing, is that the damage done by this perversion of Title IX on our Olympic Squad, is having full-fledged geopolitical implications. With China dominating the gold medals like this, the rest of the world is looking in, and seeing that there's a new global power on the block that's not only beating, but utterly demolishing the United States in something where we'd taken dominance for granted. Many countries are already moving toward China, and they see that China has its act together.

So people like Bernice Sandler from Jimmy Carter's administration and Norma Cantu from Bill Clinton's administration, who've outlined the proportionality interpretation and launched the legal attacks to shut down men's (and by extension many women's) sports programs nationwide, are therefore directly responsible for facilitating the transfer of global power from the USA to China. Who'da thunk it-- zealots of a regressive feminist kind of political correctness of Title IX, helping to turn the USA into a second-rate power almost overnight.