ERIC Number: ED132942
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Mar-22
Reference Count: 0
An Inquiry into the Need for and Feasibility of a National Study of Intercollegiate Athletics. A Report to the American Council on Education.
Hanford, George H.
An inquiry was conducted during the period of October 1973 through March 1974 to assess the need for a more comprehensive study of intercollegiate sports in the United States. A number of observations were made: (1) Although sports as entertainment can be expected to continue to play an increasingly important role in our society, big-time collegiate athletics can be expected to continue to lose ground, despite some appearance to the contrary; (2) today the definition of amateurism must be given in degrees of nonprofessionalism, and even so, the concept remains controversial; (3) national solutions will be difficult to develop in light of regional differences; and (4) colleges and universities are not at the same stage of development in the evolution of their athletic programs. The findings of the inquiry are in six major categories: (1) individual attitudes of the parties-at-interest; (2) commericalism, entertainment, and ethics; (3) controlling competition; (4) economics; (5) the relationship of sports and education; and (6) issues to be considered in a study by a national Commission on Intercollegiate Sports. The last category includes moral, financial, educational, social, and philosophical questions. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Note: For related document, see HE 008 685