Beer and Circus: How Big-Time College Sports Is Crippling Undergraduate Education

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Paperback, Owl Books (NY), 2001, ISBN # 0805068112

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Argues that national exposure through athletic success, profitable athletic departments, and an emphasis on research and graduate programs over undergraduate education are creating a "beer and circus" atmosphere in large universities.

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Argues that national exposure through athletic success, profitable athletic departments, and an emphasis on research and graduate programs over undergraduate education are creating a "beer and circus" atmosphere in large universities.

In this fascinating book, Sperber uses original research culled from students, faculty, and administrators around the country, to argue that what universities offer instead of a meaningful undergraduate education is a meager and dangerous substitute: the party scene surrounding college sports that Sperber calls "beer and circus" and which serves to keep the students happy while tuition dollars keep rolling in. He explodes cherished myths about college sports, showing, for instance, that contrary to popular belief the money coming in to universities from sports programs never makes it to academic departments.
Sperber's profound re-evaluation of college sports and higher education comes straight out of today's headlines and opens our eyes to a generation of students deprived of the education they deserve.
Murray Sperber has been acknowledged for years as the country's leading authority on college sports and their role in American culture. In the wake of Indiana University's decision to fire head basketball coach Bobby Knight last year, Sperber was in constant demand across the country--on television, radio, and print media--to comment on the profound and tragic impact of big-time intercollegiate athletics on higher education.

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Number of Pages: 322
Original Languages: English
Author: Sperber, Murray A.
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
Publication Date: September, 2001
ISBN-13: 9780805068115
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.25 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 0805068112
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