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AP Exclusive: Unequal pay for NCAA women’s basketball refs

FILE - Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma gestures to his team as official Official Dee Kantner, left, works an NCAA women’s basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Jan. 9, 2018, as Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma directs his players. As the NCAA examines various disparities across men’s and women’s sports, pressure is rising to pay referees equally throughout the regular season — and three top conferences told the AP they plan to make changes. (AP Photo / Jessica Hill, File)

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AP Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg used sources developed over years of covering women’s college basketball to obtain closely guarded details of NCAA referee pay.

The result: an unmatched exclusive revealing that half of the Division I conferences paid referees for women’s hoops 22% less on average than they paid officials working men’s games.

Feinberg worked with Assistant Sports Editor Dave Zelio and Top Stories Hub editor Brad Foss on the story,and digital artist Jake O’Çonnell provided graphics. The story,unmatched by other news outlets,was promoted on social media and won strong play nationally with more than 200,000 pageviews.

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