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Changing the PlaybookHow Power, Profit, and Politics Transformed College Sports$
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Howard P. Chudacoff

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039782

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039782.001.0001

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What’s to Become of College Sports?

What’s to Become of College Sports?

(p.143) 8 What’s to Become of College Sports?
Changing the Playbook

Howard P. Chudacoff

University of Illinois Press

This chapter reflects on the future of college sports. It discusses the controversial issues swirling around college sports and the role of NCAA. It argues that despite the persistence of scandal or antitrust litigation, sports has remained the activity most identified with college student life and the strongest link between an institution and the public. In the end, the great majority of college athletes are genuine college students and should be treated as such. Rather than simply paying them for what they do on the field of play, the school that admits them—not the NCAA, not the government, not the media—should shoulder the responsibility for stimulating and feeding their intellectual curiosity and developing them into productive members of society.

Keywords:   American college sports, higher education, athletics, college athletes

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