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ERIC Number: EJ1007024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
College Sports: Revising the Playbook
Casement, William
Academic Questions, v26 n1 p59-64 Mar 2013
The big-time approach to college sports demands an overhaul--for the good of the athletes, the bottom line, and the intellectual atmosphere on campus. The academic and nonacademic purposes within higher education institutions bump up against one another for a result that is increasingly dysfunctional. There is, however, a way out that will give each side at least most of what it wants. Teams that operate on a big-time model will be declared professional. All other teams are amateur. This two-part structure replaces the present and more complicated NCAA. This overview of who can be expected to favor the new structure and who can be expected to oppose it is a telling sign that adopting that structure is the right course of action. People in an enterprise that is secondary to the primary purpose of higher education, and presently an obstruction to it, will sacrifice their own personal gain, while the primary purpose is strengthened for the many it's properly meant to serve. Colleges need to be free to operate without the demands and enticements of high-functioning sports teams. The time is overdue for college officials to face up to this reality and to spin off a vastly overgrown encumbrance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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