MINNEAPOLIS - Perhaps there's no better place to catch a glimpse of the push for equality in women's sports than at Target Center during a Minnesota Lynx game.
From the stars on center court, including Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen, to the girls in the stands, the future of female sports is represented. And no question, Title IX will continue to play a role in that future.
"I think Title IX is probably the most influential piece of educational legislation in the last century," said Prof. John Wendt of the University of St. Thomas.
Wendt, who teaches sports law, says there's no doubt Title IX has helped most female athletes. This year, for example, women outnumber men on the U.S. Olympic team, 269 to 261, but Wendt believes women still lack equality in sports.
"There's still a long way to go," he said. "Every year, you have to remember, there's a difference of about $150 million between men's athletic scholarships and women scholarships."
But Wendt and others also say there's a future for those female athletes willing and wanting to compete.
"We're looking at about 44 percent of female athletes throughout the world, when we'd like to get to 50-50," he said.
As for the Lynx, they're hoping to continue selling seats to an ever-growing fan base.
"The city and the state really embraced the Lynx on our path to a championship," said Carley Knox, Business Development Manager for the Minnesota Lynx. "So we tripled our season ticket holder-fan base from last year to this year, which is unbelievable."
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