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Saturday, February 07, 2009
Football Rules and Title IX

I missed this a few days ago. Calvin Massey at the Faculty Lounge considers what would happen if football rules were changed to limit substitutions so fewer players are needed and fewer will get regular playing time. He argues that fewer playing slots would justify reducing the number of scholarships a school can offer from 85 to 45 or 50. The extra scholarship slots then could be used to assist schools with Title IX compliance--either by allowing them to bring back some men's sports (such as wrestling) that had been cut in the name of Title IX or by increasing women's sports opportunities.

It is an interesting idea, although one that he recognizes is not going to happen. But it also is noteworthy for considering how sports "laws" (i.e., the rules of the sport) inform societal laws and vice versa. Thoughts?


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