“The Kaplan Hecker report commissioned by the NCAA and released today validates gender equity concerns that have been voiced by the WBCA’s community of coaches since the NCAA’s management of women’s and men’s basketball championships came under public scrutiny in March. We thank the law firm of Kaplan Hecker and Fink LLC for its thorough review of this matter and this extensive report.
“The report is exhaustive. It will take some time for us to carefully read, and we will comment on the report more extensively in the near future. However, a virtual briefing conducted by Kaplan Hecker, which I just attended, suggests the report addresses every issue of great concern, including branding, marketing and staffing of the women’s championship; allocation of resources, funding and revenue distribution; broadcast and media rights agreements; corporate partnerships; reporting structure within the NCAA national office; and the overall experience of the student-athletes competing in the women’s and men’s championships.