Big-Time sports in American Universities



© Charles T. Clotfelter 2011. 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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Clotfelter, CT

Published Date

  • January 1, 2011

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 313

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781107004344

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/CBO9780511976902

Citation Source

  • Scopus