Tuesday, February 13, 2007

HS Basketball Schedules at Issue in Ohio

Here is another story about the equity of girls' and boys' high school basketball schedules -- this one from Sunday's Toledo Blade. For the last few years, schools in northern Ohio have been letting girls and boys share the Friday night spotlight; prior to that, girls had a weeknight slot and boys had Fridays to themselves.

Some schools have lost ticket revenue since the switch. "Friday nights still remain as the best night, and the boys are still going to outdraw the girls, " said one athletic director quoted in the story. But at many schools, the loss in boys' team's profits has been offset by an increase in girls' team's profits. The better indicator of profitbaility, say some athletic directors, is whether the team is playing well or not--not whether its players are girls or boys.

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