NCAA president Mark Emmert’s letter vows review of disparity in women’s, men’s tournaments

NCAA president Mark Emmert wrote a letter acknowledging the stark contrast between the women's and men's basketball tournaments, stating the organization will assess and review both.

According to a letter obtained by ESPN Monday, Emmert said "much has been resolved" and the NCAA will continue to work to "provide an exceptional experience to these student-athletes."

The inequities between the two tournament sites led to public outcry and prominent sports figures scolding the organization for each disparity. Photos and videos from athletes inside of the women's tournament "bubble" in and around San Antonio showed inferior food choices, COVID-19 testing, gifts received and gym equipment, among other inequities, including improper game signage.

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"I have directed our leadership team and appropriate staff to assess all the services, resources, and facilities provided to both the men's and women's teams so that we have a completely clear comparison," Emmert wrote. "Further, I will be determining exactly how we found ourselves in this situation. This will be discussed with our applicable boards, committees and membership when the tournament is over and the review is complete."


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