Lunchtime Seminar: Ticket Office Sexism: The Gender Gap in Pricing for NCAA Division I Basketball

March 4, 2010



WELLESLEY, MA— Tickets to college sports—and men and women’s NCAA Division I basketball in particular—may appear on the surface to be no different from tickets members of the public may buy to attend professional sporting events. In fact, however, ticket prices are not part of a free market, but reflect internal decisions by institutions about the relative value of men’s and women’s play. Laura Pappano and Allison Tracy, Ph.D. will discuss the results of their study of ticket prices at 292 Division I institutions for the 2008-2009 season and the implications of disparities in ticket prices between men’s and women’s events.

Lunchtime Seminar Series programs are free and open to the public. Held Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Cheever House Library, the seminars highlight the work of Wellesley Centers for Women researchers and program staff. For more information, call 781.283.2500 or visit www.wcwonline.org.  

For 35 years, scholars from the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College have helped drive positive social change through their social science research projects and training programs. Work at WCW addresses three major areas: the status of women and girls and the advancement of their human rights both in the United States and around the globe; the education, care, and development of children and youth; and the emotional wellbeing of families and individuals. Issues of diversity and equity are central across all the work as are the experiences and perspectives of women from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.