NCAA hires a law firm to conduct gender equality review of basketball tournaments

The NCAA has hired a human rights law firm to conduct a review of gender equality in men's and women's basketball tournaments within a week


After the organization was widely criticized for the differences between the two competitions.

Under heavy criticism during its March Madness march, the NCAA said on Thursday it was hiring a law firm to review the potential issues of gender equality related to how it conducts its men and women competition events.

The NCAA has been accused two weeks ago of failing to provide equal facilities to teams in the men's and women's Division I basketball tournament. Among other things, female athletes, coaches and staff in San Antonio have criticized the NCAA for not first offering a weight training facility to women’s teams, noting that men’s teams in Indianapolis did not have the same problem.

The NCAA has apologized and President Mark Emmert said on Thursday that Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP, who is knowledgeable about the topic IX and issues of gender equality, would conduct an "independent review of equality" and evaluate "organizational processes and policies and make recommendations for action.

"The NCAA will continue to angrily redress the material and impact differences between the Division I men's and women's competitions," Emmert said in a statement. "While many of the identified performance issues have been resolved, we must continue to ensure that we do our utmost to support gender equality in sport. As part of this effort, we assess current and past resource allocations for each competition, so we have a clear understanding of costs, costs and revenue."

The latest injury control from the NCAA comes amid growing scrutiny from outside college sports. Democrat advocates on Capitol Hill have asked for answers from Emmert and NCAA officials about what happened to the two magazines.

Each event is held in one place for the first time in the present. All the men's games are held in Indiana, and 68 teams are held in Indianapolis. A women's camp with 64 groups is hosted in the San Antonio area.

Unlike in previous years, when sites hosted individuals when faced with the resources of both men and women groups, the NCAA committees were responsible for much planning and making the most of the features of each event.

"I have made it clear that Kaplan Hecker and his support staff will be able to approach the Board of Directors directly to discuss any issues that may arise during their work while Kaplan Hecker conducts this research and evaluation," Emmert said in a statement. "" Although it is too early in the process, we hope to conduct this first test by the end of April, with the final report this summer after all our competitions have been completed. "