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ERIC Number: EJ799023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
A Sane Island Surrounded
Roberts, Jack
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v73 n8 p61-66 Apr 2008
A combination of commercialism and professionalism has become a powerful force undermining the wholesome nature of amateur athletic programs in local secondary schools of America. The growth in popularity of professional sports in America parallels the introduction of television. The pervasive influence of television on American life has driven networks to televise all kinds of sports, every day of the week, at all hours of the day. This constant bombardment of a commercialized and professionalized version of sport has had its effect, 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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan