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ERIC Number: EJ781366
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
A Sane Island Surrounded
Roberts, Jack
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n4 p278-282 Dec 2007
Interscholastic sports programs in the U.S. face increasing pressures from the pervasiveness of sport in American life. A combination of commercialism and professionalism has become a powerful force undermining the wholesome nature of amateur athletic programs in the local secondary schools of America. But the seductions of commercialism and professionalism in scholastic sports were not created in a vacuum. The growth in popularity of professional sports in America parallels the introduction of television in American life, which has driven content-starved networks to televise all kinds of sports. This constant bombardment of the public psyche by a commercialized and professionalized version of sport has had its effect, the author argues, first on college sports and, more recently, on scholastic sports. How can school sports programs stave off the negative effects of the combined pressure of commercialism and professionalism? In this article, the author offers three examples of Michigan policies that blunt the impact of commercialism and professionalism in school sports. These include: (1) travel limitations; (2) compensation for coaches; and (3) restrictions on telecasts. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan; United States