ABC-CLIO

A New Season

Using Title IX to Reform College Sports

by Brian L. Porto

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August 2003

Praeger

Pages 264
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Politics, Law, and Government/General
Description

This book demonstrates how colleges might retain threatened varsity programs and expand sports opportunities for women students if they replaced the current commercial model with one that emphasizes student participation. This would benefit the college students who play varsity sports, instead of benefiting the coaches, athletic directors, or over-generous boosters who dominate many programs.

In Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in education, schools have been handed a golden opportunity to bring fiscal sanity and academic integrity back to their campuses by once again making students, and not money, the focal point of athletic policies. This book demonstrates how colleges might retain threatened varsity programs and expand sports opportunities for women students if they replace the current commercial model with one that emphasizes student participation. This would benefit the college students who play varsity sports, instead of benefiting the coaches, athletic directors, or over-generous boosters who dominate many programs.

Reformist tinkering has done little to solve the deep-seated problems plaguing college sports. Porto argues that replacing the enormous commercial pressures corrupting college sports with a student-oriented participation model can solve these problems. Fiscal sanity, academic integrity, personal responsibility, and gender equity in college sports are possible. Faculty members can lead a broader movement to reclaim their institutions from the college sports industry. This book shows how college sports may once again be the integral part of the educational program the NCAA advertises them to be—and that they should be.

Table of Contents

Preface
This Season: The Current State of College Sports
Seasons Past: A Brief History of College Sports
Seasons of Debt: Financial Consequences of College Sports
Seasons of Shame: Academic Consequences of College Sports
Seasons of Pain: Social Consequences of College Sports
Seasons of Hope: Title IX as a Catalyst for Change in College Sports
Seasons of Promise: A Participation Model of College Sports
The New Season Begins: Implementing the Participation Model
Index

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Reviews

Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students.—Choice

[S]uccesfully questions the extent to which athletic teams benefit a university, demonstrates various ways in which athletic programs subvert the integrity of the institutions they represent, and makes imaginative suggestions towards reform.—The Boston Globe

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