NCAA weight space inconsistency shows persistent gender inequality

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The NCAA has a persistent issue with underestimating females, author and host Jemele Hill stated Friday — and the current debate over weight space inconsistencies puts a spotlight on that inequality.

“This has been a long standing, consistent problem when it comes to the lack of equity between men’s and women’s sports,” stated Hill. “This should let everybody know who’s watching this and hearing about this story, that this was about the fact they didn’t think they were worth it to begin with.”

A Stanford University sports efficiency coach published images to Twitter Thursday exposing injustices in between the females’s and males’s weight spaces.

The images, published by Ali Kershner, a coach with the Stanford females’s basketball and golf groups, revealed the females’s weight space center at the NCAA bubble in San Antonio — a rack of dumbbells and some yoga mats. The males’s weight space center, at their NCAA bubble in Indianapolis. was dressed up with a health club’s worth of devices.

On a Zoom call Friday early morning, NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt pledged to do much better.

“I apologize to the women’s student-athletes, coaches and committee for dropping the ball on the weight room issue in San Antonio, we’ll get it fixed as soon as possible,” Gavitt stated.

The NCAA’s Vice President of Women’s Basketball Lynn Holzman stated later on Friday the company is evaluating how to change square video and supply more training opporunities.

Hill described to CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” on Friday that the quick reaction was informing.

“When they got caught and this video went viral, suddenly within 24 hours they have a change of heart,” stated Hill, who hosts the Spotify podcast “Jemele Hill is Unbothered.” “The money was always there. The money isn’t the issue. The issue is they don’t think these women are worth it.”

ESPN has a $500 million, 14-year offer through the 2023-24 scholastic year with the NCAA for broadened rights to 24 college champions, consisting of continued protection of the females’s Division I basketball competition. 

Hill informed host Shepard Smith that, progressing, the NCAA needs to “do everything that they can to show that they take women’s sports seriously, because this looks even worse, given the fact that the backdrop of this is that it’s Women’s History Month.” 

Representatives for the NCAA were not instantly readily available Friday to react to Hill’s remarks.