NCAA favors men’s basketball in March Madness tournament

Kaiden Kreinhagen

Within the last year the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) was trending in the media for apparent sexism. 

The NCAA hosts a huge tournament called March Madness. This is a tournament where 32 teams are selected to play for the National Championship. If you are selected to be in this tournament you get pampered. They get lots of gear, access to a weight room, hotel rooms, nutritious meals and snacks and much more. 

In the 2021, March Madness tournament the men were given a significantly more amount of gear than the women. In regards to the weight rooms, the women got yoga mats and dumbbells that only went up to 20 pounds while the men got full weight racks. The provided nutrition, including meal portions and quality of the food, was also not equal. Men were fed nice meals that did not compare to the meals women were given. While the women were appreciative for what they were given, the food was not sustainable for an athlete to be able to perform at a high level. 

This truly showed the colors of the NCAA and how the women were always second in their eyes. Their only reasoning behind it was because the men bring in more from the business side. The women’s response was they never had a chance at the platform that men use to promote their success. Ultimately, the women argued they were never given a fair chance at success. 

Once this was expressed on social media the NCAA said their apologies and guaranteed everything for the 2022 tournament was to be equal.