Big-Time Sports in American Universities
For almost a century, big-time
college athletics has been a wildly popular but consistently problematic part of American higher education. The challenges
it poses to traditional academic values have been recognized from the start, but they have grown more ominous in recent decades,
as cable television has become ubiquitous, commercial opportunities have proliferated, and athletic budgets have ballooned.
In the second edition of his influential book Big-Time Sports in American Universities, Clotfelter continues to examine the
role of athletics in American universities, building on his argument that commercial sports have become a core function of
the universities that engage in them. Drawing on recent scandals on large-scale college campuses and updates on several high-profile
court cases, Clotfelter brings clear economic analysis to the variety of problems that sports raise for university and public
policy, providing the basis for the continuation of constructive conversations about the value of big-time sports in higher
Part I. Commercial Sports as a University Function: 1. Strange bedfellows; 2. Priorities; 3. The bigness
of 'big time'; Part II. The Uses of Big-Time College Sports: 4. Consumer product, mass obsession; 5. Commercial enterprise;
6. Institution builder; 7. Beacon for campus culture; Part III. Reckoning: 8. Ends and means; 9. Prospects for reform; Appendices.
This book expands on the argument that spectator sports, despite their problems, have become a central function of American