The Athletic Trap: How College Sports Corrupted the Academy by Howard L. Nixon II

By Howard L. Nixon II

The unequalled amount of money poured into the school athletic process has made activities courses breeding grounds for corruption whereas diverting an important assets from the tutorial challenge of universities. Like funds in Washington politics, the effect received via a fancy set of self-interested actors heavily undermines circulation towards reform whereas trapping universities in a cycle of escalating festival. Longtime activity sociologist Howard L. Nixon II techniques the problem from the viewpoint of faculty presidents―how they're seduced by means of status or confused by way of economics into development courses that circulate colleges towards a advertisement version of athletics.

Nixon situates his research within the context of what he calls "the intercollegiate golden triangle," a robust social community of athletic, media, and personal company advertisement pursuits. This community lures presidents and different college leaders into an athletic palms race with can provide of institutional improvements, elevated enrollments, higher scholar morale, greater alumni loyalty, extra monetary contributions, and better prestige.

These supplies can cloud the judgment of school presidents and governing forums, entangling them in an athletic seize that restricts their effect. not able to manage spending, inequalities, and deviance inside commercialized athletic courses, universities are ensnared in monetary, political, and social duties which are tricky to sustain―or break out. Nixon clarifies the constitution of this catch, describes how better schooling associations fall into it, and explores what it potential for associations and presidents stuck in it.

This well timed research additionally has relevance to the debates in regards to the position of the NCAA and ongoing reform efforts in collage activities. The Athletic Trap might be of curiosity to college presidents, board participants, and directors, game sociologists all for the stability of energy among lecturers and athletics, and a person else with a major curiosity in collage activities and its future.

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Michigan also has long been an athletic power in college sports. 30 At the same time, he pointed to serious shortcomings in bigtime athletic programs. He sharply criticized big-time football and men’s basketball as commercial entertainment businesses, noting their corruption of academic values, their lack of relevance to the academic mission of the university, and the deviance of athletes and coaches. Despite such harsh criticisms from a former insider and rhetoric from the NCAA about reform,31 there is little evidence that the NCAA or its big-time members are moving away from the commercial model that has been associated with significant problems in big-time college athletics.

The array of relationships represented by the IGT is a major component of the structure of the athletic trap. Chapter 3 examines how the IGT shapes the business of college sports, consider- Commercialization, College Sports, and the Athletic Trap 21 ing the dynamics of the college sports business in the IGT as a manifestation of the commercial model. Chapter 3 shows how the interplay of power, status, and money in the IGT affects college sports and also what it means to be in the athletic trap.

The NCAA has been much more successful in fostering growth and commercialization. 28 NCAA members made the director position full-time in 1951 and built a national headquarters in 1952 to centralize control over college sports. Under full-time professional leadership, the NCAA sought to rein in recruitment and financial aid practices with new regulations and more vigorous enforcement and to play a central role in controlling the increasing number of postseason bowl games and championships. It also had a mandate to deal with the influence of the new medium of television on college sports.

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