ERIC Number: EJ1005029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan-21
Reference Count: N/A
Advancing a Fumble?
Harney, John O.
New England Journal of Higher Education, Jan 2013
For some small colleges, just the sight of the school's branded team bus traveling to road games can nail a marketing extra point. And television deals bring big bucks to major football programs. But for the most part, spending on college athletics drains money from campuses still bruised by recession and, as faculty critics charge, tends to sack academics for a loss. The campus balance between athletics and academics could be far less dysfunctional. As former Mount Ida College President Bryan E. Carlson notes in his piece: "The hyper-glorified commercialization of big-time collegiate competition makes it easy to lose sight of the fact that participation in intercollegiate athletics is supposed to be an integral component of the overall academic experience. Opportunities to achieve personal fulfillment, learn self-discipline and build self-esteem, to develop a team mentality, appreciate good sportsmanship and practice leadership skills are just a few examples of what actually belongs on the ultimate scoreboard of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition."
Descriptors: Competition, Commercialization, Leadership, Self Esteem, College Presidents, College Athletics, Team Sports, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts