Big-Time Sports in American Universities

Big-Time Sports in American Universities

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For almost a century, big-time college sport has been a wildly popular but consistently problematic part of American higher education. The challenges it poses to traditional academic values have been recognized from the start, but they have grown more ominous in recent decades, as cable television has become ubiquitous, commercial opportunities have proliferated and athletic budgets have ballooned. Drawing on new research findings, this book takes a fresh look at the role of commercial sports in American universities. It shows that, rather than being the inconsequential student activity that universities often imply that it is, big-time sport has become a core function of the universities that engage in it. For this reason, the book takes this function seriously and presents evidence necessary for a constructive perspective about its value. Although big-time sport surely creates worrying conflicts in values, it also brings with it some surprising positive consequences.Measured in terms of games or attendance, college football grew throughout the 20th century and into the 21st. ... additions to the list of big-time football programs after 1920 were those at Duke and the University of Southern California in 1922, ... to Jim Crow segregation effectively barred games with the racially integrated rosters that existed in professional football after 1946 ... professional football team.

Title:Big-Time Sports in American Universities
Author:Charles T. Clotfelter
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2011-03-07


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