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First They Came for the Wrestlers

The forces of Title IX have an unlikely new ally in their quest to destroy men's sports: ESPN.

12:00 AM, Jun 20, 2002 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
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The "blame football" argument is, of course, specious (for a full deconstruction of it, read Gavora's Los Angeles Times essay, The War on Football). And the college football establishment is inclined to ignore their charges on the assumption that, since football teams are revenue producers for schools--unlike wrestling and swimming and gymnastics programs--they'll be safe from the feminist sickle.

But you never know. People have been underestimating the Title IX feminists for 30 years. If they can coerce ESPN, which makes millions of dollars a year from college football, into airing programs advocating the destruction of the sport, there's no telling what they can do.

Jonathan V. Last is online editor of The Weekly Standard.