With the exception of a few small colleges, sports programs are a juggernaut that shortchange athletes (“How College Sports Turned into a Corrupt Mega-Business,” The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal,” Mar. 11.) Division I schools in particular spend three to six times as much on athletics than they do on academics.
There was a time when athletics took a back seat to academics. But it soon became apparent that athletics were a cash cow. Any attempt to put athletics in their proper place today is doomed to failure. There is simply too much money involved. My main concern is for those who are exploited by the system. I’m talking about the athletes themselves. Too many who graduate lack the wherewithal to get a job that their academic peers can.
The argument that athletics builds teamwork is true, but so can intramural athletics. Yet no college president dare propose that as a solution.
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