College Basketball: Equal Pay For Referees In Men and Women’s Hoops | GMTM

College Basketball: Equal Pay For Referees In Men and Women’s Hoops

ByAndrew Pistone

Published on Thu Jan 06 2022

|

2 min read

College Basketball: Equal Pay For Referees In Men and Women’s Hoops

Gender equity review was a huge focus of the NCAA in 2021, and will remain a prominent topic of conversation moving forward. Most of the discourse has centered around facility access and level of resources for male and female athletes, after a significant gap was revealed ahead of the 2021 NCAA basketball tournament.

However, equal resourcing, opportunities and compensation strides are now also including the referees who will call the NCAA tournament.

In the last decade, the rate of pay for officials in the men’s tournament had been higher than that of the officials who worked the women’s tournament, but that will no longer be the case effective this year.

“All basketball officials, regardless of the gender of sport participants, will be receiving equal pay for championship games officiated in 2022 and beyond,” the NCAA said.

While this topic may feel like more of an adjacent issue to the main focus of equal athletic resources, it is actually a large step in the right direction for the perceived equality of women’s sports. Electing to compensate the officials who work the women’s game at a lower rate than those who work men’s games inherently sends a message that the women’s game is not up to par, or as important as their male counterparts’.

Additionally, judging whether to call a foul in the act of shooting, a charge/block, or traveling is inherently the same work, whether it is been determined with female participants or male ones.

From 2001 to 2012, officials received the same pay regardless of which tournament they were working. While the reason(s) for the switch after the 2012 tournaments is largely unknown, this action taken by the NCAA represents a restorative correction to a system that should have never changed. Officials did not have much of a leg to stand on after the 2012 change, because they are independent contractors.

According to the NCAA, softball and lacrosse were the only two other sports that had a referee compensation discrepancy based on gender, but they announced that this has also been changed for 2022.

Are you an Athlete?

Create a free profile to access the largest network specifically designed to connect athletes to opportunities. Get started.

RELATED ARTICLES
Why The Transfer Portal Is So Important For College Basketball Coaches

Why The Transfer Portal Is So Important For College Basketball Coaches

2019 was a transformative year in NCAA athletics. The NCAA Transfer Portal, a database which allows other schools to confirm that a student-athlete can be recruited, was created, granting college...

ByKeiwaine Hicks | Sun Jan 16 2022
College Basketball: One New Year's Resolution for Every Top Team

College Basketball: One New Year's Resolution for Every Top Team

Another calendar year has concluded, but the 2021-22 college basketball season has only just begun. While still early, we've reached the point where true contenders begin to separate themselves from...

ByBryan Armetta | Sat Jan 01 2022
NCAA Testing New Coach To Player Communications In College Football

NCAA Testing New Coach To Player Communications In College Football

We know it well in the NFL game. Quarterbacks putting both hands on either side of the helmet in order to help drown out crowd noise. They’re doing this in order to hone in on the audio connection...

ByAndrew Pistone | Tue Dec 14 2021
College Basketball Scholarships: Four Unknown Truths Every Recruit Should Know

College Basketball Scholarships: Four Unknown Truths Every Recruit Should Know

For many people in the basketball community, a college basketball scholarship is held in the highest esteem. It’s the ultimate status symbol - a golden ticket to a promising future and new world of...

ByKeiwaine Hicks | Sat Jan 15 2022
College Football: Summarizing Trevor Moawad’s Impact On Athletes

College Football: Summarizing Trevor Moawad’s Impact On Athletes

When most people think about sports, and what it takes to get ready for a game, the physical part of the competition is what mostly comes into play. Is the athlete comfortable with the game plan that...

ByAndrew Pistone | Sun Jan 02 2022