Mecca, Andrew, Neil J.
Introduction A Modest Proposal Let me begin by suggesting a modest proposal designed to recapture both the original purpose and spirit of college sports: All universities would agree on a five-year moratorium on television broadcasting of all college sports.
The media--and the public--would be chased out of the locker rooms for this period. During this moratorium, universities would have an opportunity to determine the purpose and priority of college athletics on their campuses, without the glare of public attention.
They would then develop, or realign, their intercollegiate athletics programs in a manner consistent with this mission.
Because of the loss of television revenue, universities would have to learn how to live on a revenue diet by controlling the costs of intercollegiate athletics, scaling back their programs and their aspirations to more realistic levels.
They would have to learn to live without athletic dorms, shoe contracts, and big time promotion. Further, they would even have to learn how to treat coaches as normal staff and to treat their athletes as students.
After this five-year moratorium, television, the media, and the public would be invited back as spectators of college sports, but only on terms set by the universities, in a manner consistent with their academic priorities.
There would no longer be late night basketball every night of the week, or football games starting in the gathering gloom of the late afternoon, or television commentators shrieking in a fever pitch to hype the action. In other words, my modest proposal is to take "show biz" out of intercollegiate athletics and to once again allow academic priorities to determine the nature of college sports.
Needless to say, my proposal has not been greeted with overwhelming enthusiasm by many of my colleagues in higher education.
But I do believe this proposal illustrates the degree to which we seem to have lost sight of the fundamental purposes of intercollegiate athletics. Rather than dwelling on the standard litany of concerns, both on our campuses and among the public at large, in this brief essay I would like to focus instead on three fundamental questions: Why should we conduct intercollegiate athletics in the first place?
What is causing the distortion of intercollegiate athletics? What generates the pressure? Why do we have so much difficulty getting intercollegiate athletics under university control? But first, let me set the stage for this discussion.
One recalls the excitement of walking into that magnificent stadium --"the Big House-- withfans thrilling to the Michigan Marching Band as they step onto the field playing "Hail to the Victors.
There is the excitement of traditional rivalries such as Michigan vs. Then too, there are the Cinderella stories; e.
Of course, sports have always been an important part of our culture. Intercollegiate athletics continue a tradition from ancient times, in which the games allow athletes to test and develop their own abilities in competition with one another.
They teach both the player and the spectator some of the most enduring lessons of life: Sports teach us all that the most important goals are achieved only through effort and sacrifice -- and sometimes even these are not enough.
And they provide a sense of excitement, pride, and involvement with our institutions.In a message to the campus leadership today, President Wallace D.
Loh said: Dear colleagues, The University of Maryland is launching a national and confidential search for the new Athletic Director.
A national search means that we seek and consider all qualified candidates. the Big Ten Conference; and (3) all Division I student-athletes. UW-Madison student-athletes had an FGR of 68% in , representing a decrease from an FGR of 74% in The interview with Jim Delany, Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, confirmed that student athletic programs operate within a highly regulated environment.
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