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NCAA March Madness logo. Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The NCAA spends more on male athletes than female athletes on average, especially when it comes to championship events, according to a report by a law firm the association hired to investigate its gender disparities.

Why it matters: The report by Kaplan Hecker & Fink is the latest piece of evidence to suggest the collegiate athletics body has a pattern of prioritizing men's sports over women's.

Driving the news: The probe into gender inequities comes after female players and fans took to social media to expose the stark contrast between the facilities provided to them and the elaborate facilities provided to their male counterparts earlier this year.

  • Tuesday's findings are the second installment of the report. The first part was released in August.

By the numbers: For team sports, the NCAA spent about $4,285 per participant for men's Division I and national championships. It spent about $2,588 for women's — a difference of $1,697 per athlete, per the report's executive summary.

  • The gender difference for individual sports was even wider at about $2,200.

Context: The report states that the NCAA only views a few male sports championships as being capable of producing revenue. The firm also wrote that the association's TV deals are structured unfairly and encourage inequitable spending.

What they're saying: The NCAA in a statement signaled that changes are coming.

  • "The report identified important recommendations, which we will prioritize and sequence so they can be implemented for impactful change," the statement reads.
  • "We expect efforts to address gender equity across all sports to continue with diligence and a strong commitment to fairness so the NCAA can fully meet its commitment to provide positive championship experiences for all college athletes."

Go deeper: The NCAA's summer of change

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The Orlando Pride Starting XI prior to a game between NJ/NY Gotham City FC and Orlando Pride at Exploria Stadium on October 9, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Roy K. Miller/ISI Photos/Getty Images

When the National Women's Soccer League erupted into controversy this season over a slew of assault allegations, the future of the league — and more broadly, U.S. women’s professional soccer — looked uncertain.

Why it matters: The U.S. has had three women's professional soccer leagues in two decades, with the first two each lasting just three seasons. But the NWSL may be on a different path, sports analysts and former players say. That is, if the league and its teams put players' demands and concerns front and center.

Nov 25, 2021 - Sports

Two NWSL teams searching for new head coaches after abuse allegations

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Saturday's NWSL title game featured 138 minutes of brilliant soccer between two teams — the Washington Spirit and Chicago Red Stars — who are now searching for new head coaches.

Why it matters: The championship was a microcosm of the NWSL's ninth season, which combined superlative play on the field with institutional failures off of it.

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The next big bottleneck in the global vaccination effort

Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

The world still needs more coronavirus vaccines, but an additional bottleneck has emerged in many low-income countries: They need help getting shots in arms.

Why it matters: Increasing vaccination rates across the world is both a humanitarian necessity and the best way to prevent dangerous new variants from emerging, but it increasingly requires complex problem-solving.