Enlivened with tales from Suggs's reportage, the book clears up the muddle of interpretation and opinion surrounding Title IX. It provides not only a lucid description of how courts and colleges have read (and misread) the law, but also compelling portraits of the people who made women's sports a vibrant feature of American life.
What's more, the book provides the first history of the law's evolution since its passage in 1972. Suggs details thirty years of struggles for equal rights on the playing field. Schools dragged their feet, offering token efforts for women and girls, until the courts made it clear that women had to be treated on par with men. Those decisions set the stage for some of the most celebrated moments in sports, such as the Women's World Cup in soccer and the Women's Final Four in NCAA basketball.
Title IX is not without its critics. Wrestlers and other male athletes say colleges have cut their teams to comply with the law, and Suggs tells their stories as well.
With the chronicles of Pat Summitt, Anson Dorrance, and others who shaped women's sports, A Place on the Team is a must-read not only for sports buffs but also for parents of every young woman who enters the arena of competitive sports.
This revised and expanded third edition brings the volume up to date on recent changes in the industry, including:
—the emergence and dominance of companies such as Creative Artists Agency and Wasserman Media Group
—high-profile cases of agent misconduct, principally Josh Luchs, whose agent certification was revoked by the NFLPA
—legal challenges against the NCAA that may fundamentally change the definition of amateurism
—changes to agent regulations resulting from new collective bargaining agreements in all of the major professional sports
—evaluation of the effectiveness of the Uniform Athlete Agents Act (2000) to regulate agent conduct
—issues faced by the increasing number of agents representing athletes who work abroad as well as athletes from abroad who work in the United States.
Whether aspiring sports agent, lawyer, athlete seeking an agent, or simply interested in understanding the world of sports representation, the reader will find in The Business of Sports Agents the most comprehensive overview of the industry as well as a straightforward analysis of its problems and proposed solutions.