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Working Paper

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Kenneth Shropshire


College sports are a multi-billion dollar industry that have grown and will continue to grow with the founding and development of ESPN and other sports information technologies. Initially the author sought out to find relationships between winning on the field and academic advancement off the field, but quickly realized there was another story to be told. He examines the college sports scene with a broader outlook on its impact on its educational value. Not only are most college sports programs losing money for their institutions, but the culture that college sports creates is having a detrimental impact on our nation’s educational system. He proposes possible solutions on how to maintain the college sports scene that everyone loves, while maintaining separation from the threatened educational institution.


athletics, education, intercollegiate



Date Posted: 16 November 2011


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