Big-Time Sports in American Universities
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Description: For almost a century, big-time college sports has been a wildly popular but consistently problematic part of American higher education. The challenges it poses to traditional academic values have been recognized from the start, but they have grown more ominous in recent decades, as cable television has become ubiquitous, commercial opportunities have proliferated, and athletic budgets have ballooned. Drawing on new research findings, this book takes a fresh look at the role of commercial sports in American universities. It shows that, rather than being the inconsequential student activity that universities often imply that it is, big-time sports has become a core function of the universities that engage in it. For this reason, the book takes this function seriously and presents evidence necessary for a constructive perspective about its value. Although big-time sports surely creates worrying conflicts in values, it also brings with it some surprising positive consequences.
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List price: $48.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/7/2011
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Charles Clofelter is Professor of Public Policy Studies and Economics at Duke University. He is also Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
|List of Figures|
|List of Tables|
|Glossary of Abbreviations and Terms|
|Commercial Sports as a University Function|
|The Bigness of ï¿½Big Timeï¿½|
|The Uses of Big-Time College Sports|
|Consumer Good, Mass Obsession|
|Beacon for Campus Culture|
|Ends and Means|
|Prospects for Reform|