Compromise Keeps Lady Vols Logo Visible

February 2, 2016

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has reached a compromise with state legislators on the "Lady Vols" name and logo, The Tennessean reported. In 2014, the university announced plans to stop using Lady Vols to describe women's athletic teams except for basketball. Many advocates for women's athletics question the use of the "Lady" names for women's teams, but the university cited a deal with Nike and goals for consistent branding, rather than equity concerns. Legislators threatened to require all women's teams to use the name. Under the compromise, the Lady Vols logo will by added as a patch to the uniform of all women's teams in the next academic year. After that, athletes may decide whether to use the patch.

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