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ERIC Number: EJ1051679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Trophies, Treasure, and Turmoil: College Athletics at a Tipping Point
Weaver, Karen
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v47 n1 p36-45 2015
College athletics fans would be hard pressed to find a year like 2014 in college-sports history. In this year alone, the US judicial and arbitration systems have had to address four major legal actions coming from current and former student athletes. All speak to a core issue: that colleges have not done enough to protect or provide for their revenue-producing student athletes, while they enrich the coaches and the administrators who run the NCAA. The most vocal critics have argued that athletes are used and discarded after their usefulness is gone. Their efforts on the field and on the court may bring millions of dollars and high-value publicity to their institutions, yet many athletes are more restricted in their daily lives than nearly all other students on campus. It is troubling for educators to hear some of the allegations that have been leveled. Exploitation is a word colleges do not want to apply to themselves, yet that is what American higher education has been accused of. The four cases mentioned in this article--unionization, NILs (Names, Images, and Likenesses), antitrust allegations and concussions--have laid bare the challenges that plague the college athletic enterprise. This article calls for trustees, stakeholders, and administrators to work together to create change that assures parents that colleges are not exploiting their children for their own gain.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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