Federal Judge: Sorry, Cheerleaders

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07.22.10 8 Comments

Back in June, the federal government finally put its iron foot down and said, “Enough is enough” regarding one of the biggest problems facing our great nation – cheerleading. For over a century*, men and women have argued the merits of cheerleading as a sport, and nobody has ever been able to come to a decisive conclusion. That is, until now. U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill has declared after a month of deliberation that collegiate cheerleading is not a sport.

Underhill’s decision is based on a lawsuit filed by a group of Quinnipiac women’s volleyball players and their coach against the university when it was announced that the school would drop the volleyball program in favor of cheerleading. When learning of this decision, an enraged Burnsy asked: “Have you seen the shorts that volleyball players wear?!?!” Underhill determined that cheerleading is simply not organized enough to be a comparable sport, citing the case of Tough v. Titties.

Bang that gavel and flip cheerleaders the middle spirit finger, Judge Underhill:

The school contended the cheer squad and other moves kept it in compliance with Title IX, the 1972 federal law that mandates equal opportunities for men and women in education and athletics. But U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill disagreed in a ruling that those involved say was the first time the cheerleading issue has been decided by a judge.

“Competitive cheer may, some time in the future, qualify as a sport under Title IX,” Underhill wrote. “Today, however, the activity is still too underdeveloped and disorganized to be treated as offering genuine varsity athletic participation opportunities for students.” (Source)

Quinnipiac won’t let this deter its faith in cheerleading as a Title IX sport, however. Along with seven other schools, Quinnipiac officials have created the National Competitive Stunts and Tumbling Association in order to hone cheerleading into a well-organized collegiate sport that will count for gender equity under Title IX. The reason these schools have such a hard-on for cheerleading as a sport is because it is generally recognized as cheaper to run than more traditional sports like volleyball.

You know what would make it even cheaper? No underwear. Hey, I’m just trying to help.

*Or a year, who knows or cares?

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