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The records: The U.S. Department of Education provides data on gender equity in athletics for all coeducational postsecondary institutions.
Why you’d want them: The data compares participation, revenue, expenses and coaching staff and salaries for male and female sports at postsecondary institutions.
Where you get the records: Go to http://ope.ed.gov/athletics/GetDownloadSelectedData.aspx, then fill out the search. Click "continue" when you land on the page with a list of institutions. Select the years you are interested in, and then select the data you want to look at. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "download."
How much it will cost: The information is free.