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Counterfeit amateurs : an athlete's journey through the sixties to the age of academic capitalism

Author: Allen L Sack
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2008.
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"The debate over big-time college sports, never far from the front pages, has once again moved from simmering to hot. Congress has been investigating the tax-exempt status of the NCAA, in part because of questions about how commercialized college sports contribute to educational values. Athletes are challenging the NCAA on antitrust grounds to get a bigger share of the revenue. Against this backdrop, more faculty  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Allen L Sack
ISBN: 9780271033686 0271033681
OCLC Number: 173218586
Description: xvi, 200 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Playing football in Ara's era --
Scholastic sports as a pipeline to the pros --
The game of the century --
Politics, protest, and the athletic revolution --
Laying the groundwork for professional college sports --
Taking a stand at Fort Apache --
Building an industry on athletes' backs --
Fighting for market share in the 1990s --
Inside the billion-dollar beast --
College sports in the age of academic capitalism.
Responsibility: Allen L. Sack ; foreword by Ara Parseghian.
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"The debate over big-time college sports, never far from the front pages, has once again moved from simmering to hot. Congress has been investigating the tax-exempt status of the NCAA, in part because of questions about how commercialized college sports contribute to educational values. Athletes are challenging the NCAA on antitrust grounds to get a bigger share of the revenue. Against this backdrop, more faculty are beginning to be concerned about what is happening at their own universities and to the educational system as a whole as rampant commercialism invades campus life through big-time sports." "A leader among faculty fighting back has been Allen Sack, a co-founder of the Drake Group, whose writings and public appearances, including work as an expert witness, have gained him recognition as an outspoken advocate for athletic reform. This book brings together in a compelling way his personal story, as a highly recruited high school athlete and a football player at Notre Dame under legendary coach Ara Parseghian, and his fight since then, as a scholar-activist, against what he calls the "academic capitalism" of the system under current NCAA rules."--Jacket.

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