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ERIC Number: ED099378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 12
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The Future of Athletics in Higher Education--Can They Survive.
Husman, Burris F.
This speech is devoted to the question of whether athletics, or more specifically, highly recruited athletic teams can survive. First, these programs are in financial trouble. Big-time athletic programs are financed in part by student fees whether the students wish to attend the games or not; consequently, student government associations and other student organizations are waging a bitter antiathletic compaign on many campuses. The Women's Liberation Movement is beginning to add to the financial trouble of big-time athletics by demanding equal athletic budgets. Second, the educational values of athletics are being questioned; there is little empirical evidence to support athletics as an educational endeavor. In recent years the socialization of sports has caused an overemphasis on winning. The author recommends that two athletic programs should be established in our colleges and universities. One program would be highly recruited and labelled "big-time," the objective of which would be entertainment. The other program would use nonrecruited athletes, the goal of which would be educational. This division will provide a program for those who wish to attempt the difficult climb to excellence and for those individuals who wish to play for fun. (JA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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