Ethics and College Sports: Ethics, Sports, and the University (Issues in Academic Ethics)

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Ethics and College Sports is a careful analysis of the root problems in intercollegiate athletics in American universities. It examines the prevalent myths that are regularly used to justify the inclusion of intercollegiate athletics, and all of the abuses and scandals it has brought to university campuses, from a moral perspective. In this book, the myths that amateurism is morally desirable, that sports brings good moral character, and that the elite sports programs raise significant sums of money to support university budgets are dissected. The actual impact of the movement to provide gender equity in athletics programs on campus is discussed and a defensible justification for intercollegiate athletics is offered.

Product Details

  • Series: Issues in Academic Ethics
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742512738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742512733
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces

Customer Reviews

Seemed a bit expensive, but worth it!

 on August 25, 2014
By Binh Tran
A bit expensive when I bought it, but it was in great, new condition, and came in a good timeframe!

An excellent critical work

3 people found this helpful.
 on June 1, 2006
By Vince Prygoski
Peter French casts a critical eye on big time collegiate sports and their effects on higher education. His work is similar to that of Murray Sperber (“Beer and Circus” and “College Sports, Inc.”). French focuses on three commonly held beliefs about college sports that he finds to be largely mythical: that college athletes are true amateurs, that college sports inherently provides character education to its participants, and that college sports provides funding to the university in general. He also examines the issue of gender equity and finds that even several decades after Title Nine, all is not well in that regard either. His final chapter describes what he considers to be the reality of big time college sports, that they are primarily an entertainment and not an educational endeavor.

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