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You don't have to know anything about Title IX to see proof of one aspect of its benefits: If you know or can name a female athlete in this country, she's undoubtedly benefited from the 1972 amendment that effectively barred any educational entity receiving federal funding from discriminating based on gender. Ironically, though female participation in high school and college athletics has soared in the last three decades, as women's sports have become more esteemed, the coaching and athletic director positions over said sports are now increasingly given to men, not women. Still, since it requires funding to mirror enrollment, critics argue that Title IX now unfairly limits men's athletics as campus enrollment rosters show ladies steadily outnumbering dudes nationwide. So what's a stubbornly Friday Night Lights kinda nation to do? Citing its athleticism and competition, some say the slam-dunk is making competitive cheerleading a sport. Opponents counter that re-labeling an activity that exists mainly in a supporting role is an unethical dismount, not to mention lazy. Watch the experts hash this, among other facets, out the bonus is that among the panelists is Senator Birch Bayh, who helped author the original bill.