The ranking member of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee announced Friday that he sent a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert seeking answers about how the association promotes Title IX compliance among its member schools.
The letter from Roger Wicker, R-Miss., is likely to be the first in a series of efforts by politicians to bring attention to the 50th anniversary of the gender equity law, which falls on Thursday. Other members of Congress are scheduled to participate in a range of anniversary events next week.
In his letter, Wicker wrote that the NCAA “continuously oversees the implementation of” Title IX and that “the promotion of opportunities for female collegiate athletics is essential to compliance with Title IX.”
The NCAA does not enforce Title IX. The U.S. Department of Education does, and the Commerce Committee has no oversight of the U.S. Department of Education.