College Sports Reform: Present Status and Future Direction

After some 80 years of failed reform, it appears that America’s sports culture has triumphed over the academic mission of its colleges and universities as well undermined the educational mission of our nation’s high schools. As evidenced by the plethora of scholarly articles and books on college sports reform, there can be little doubt as to the fraudulent, tax-avoiding nature of big-time collegiate athletics—especially in the football and men’s basketball programs franchised by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA)—and that unless Congress gets involved, America’s system of higher education will continue to be held hostage to the professionalized collegiate sports entertainment industry.

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