The Chronicle Review - Jan 26, 2001
The Chronicle of Higher Education in its section entitled The Chronicle
Review for 1-26-2001, contained an outstanding article entitled "Big-Time
Athletics vs. Academic Values: It's a Rout." Written by Allen L. Sack,
this article reviews six major new books which have been published concerning
intercollegiate athletics in American universities. This article presents
an overview and reports on some of the recommendations which have been made
in these books. The abuse of sport and its impact on academic values is
noted in great detail. This review is an excellent synopsis of unloving
critics who make many valid points about the status of big time sports
programs on college and university campuses. The article would make a superb
handout for sports management classes and should be on any course syllabus
related to intercollegiate sports. This writer will review the six books
mentioned at a later date. He will review them one at a time and discuss
their pros and cons.
The books to be reviewed are:
Beer and Circus: How Big-Time College Sports Is Crippling Undergraduate
Education. Murray Sperber.
College Football: History, Spectacle, Controversy. John Sayle
The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values. James L.
Shulman and William G. Bowen.
Intercollegiate Athletics and the American University: A University
President's Perspective. James J. Duderstadt.
Sports and Freedom: The Rise of Big-Time College Athletics.
Ronald A. Smith.
Unpaid Professionals: Commercialism and Conflict in Big-Time College
Sports. Andrew Zimbalist.
Note: These reviews compiled by Dr. Ron Hyatt. See disclaimer on