Sports and Society

New FINA policy limits transgender participation

Morning Buzz / Monday, June 20, 2022
Swimming's international governing body, FINA, voted for a "new policy that will restrict most transgender athletes from competing in elite women's aquatics." FINA approved the "gender inclusion" policy on Sunday in Budapest, where 71.5% of its member federations "voted in support." The policy, effective as of today, states that...

Voices of Title IX

Weekly / Monday, June 20, 2022
Val Ackerman T itle IX was passed when I was heading into eighth grade, so I was oblivious at the time. I had no sense of the law’s passage or the magnitude of it. But things happened pretty...

The Uncertain Future Of Title IX

Weekly / Monday, June 20, 2022
T hey wore jersey numbers made from masking tape, competed in dilapidated venues and were marginalized in too many ways to count. Five decades later, a far different environment exists for the female athlete, with the faces of women’s...

Title IX by the numbers

Weekly / Monday, June 20, 2022
What has been done 294,215:  Girls high school sports participation, 1971-72 3,402,733:  Girls high school sports participation, 2018-19 29,977:  Female college athletes in 1971-72 school year 215,486:  Women on NCAA teams in 2020-21 school year   What needs to be done...

Participation numbers, gear prices grow

Weekly / Monday, June 13, 2022
In 2021, 232.6 million Americans took part in sports and fitness activities, the most since 2016, according to the new State of the Industry Report from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association and Sports Marketing Surveys USA. Additionally, the majority of sporting goods manufacturers reported year-over-year profitability growth, and...

Closing Shot: Cultivating Careers

Weekly / Monday, June 13, 2022
Sun Roesslein was working toward her master’s in sports management, targeting a career as a softball coach, when she landed a summer job on the grounds crew at the home of the Atlantic League Lexington (Ky.) Legends. It wasn’t long before she made a major decision in...

When the love turns into hate: The growing toxic fandom in American sports

SBJ Newsletters / Thursday, June 9, 2022
The backdrop of this year’s just-concluded Mental Health Awareness Month continues to be a pandemic that has everyone’s mental health at risk. The World Health Organization reported in the first year of the pandemic that anxiety and depression increased by a massive 25% globally. Athletes and their fans aren't absolved from...