Category Archives: Athletics

Do Sports Build Character: Sudden Fame Edition

January 18, 2013 This week, in the long-running Lance Armstrong saga, we are being treated to yet another demonstration that in professional sports, the urge to win will decimate commitment to sportsmanship or adherence to rules of the sport unless … Continue reading

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End Intercollegiate Athletics As We Know It: Electoral Edition

October 25, 2012 We know there is a great deal of irrational exuberance around intercollegiate sports, but now we have research suggesting that the outcomes of big games can sway elections. Tyler Cowen and Kevin Grier explain how.

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End Intercollegiate Athletics As We Know It: Real Estate Edition

October 15, 2012 This morning’s Wall Street Journal has an article on the difficulties of NCAA Division I Football coaches selling their homes as they move from job to job. The gist of the problem: it’s hard to find a … Continue reading

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End Intercollegiate Athletics As We Know It: Hot Air Edition

October 10, 2012 By and large I admire The Association of Governing Boards (AGB), the higher education association that informs and supports members of the boards of trustees of colleges and universities.  AGB has good publications (including their magazine, Trusteeship) … Continue reading

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Why We Cheat

September 15, 2012 Stephen Gimbel, a philosopher at Gettysburg College, has one view about why people cheat, even those with great capability who do not need to cheat to succeed.  He thinks we’ve come to put too much emphasis on … Continue reading

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A New NCAA? Or an Effort to Preserve the Old One?

July 25, 2012 At a first glance, the  sanctions recently imposed by the NCAA against Penn State appear to take the NCAA into new, uncharted terrain.  Will it set a precedent for how the NCAA will behave in the future? … Continue reading

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NCAA Sanctions Penn State

July 24, 2012 “By perpetuating a ‘football first’ culture that ultimately enabled serial child sexual abuse to occur, The Pennsylvania State University leadership failed to value and uphold institutional integrity, resulting in a breach of the NCAA constitution and rules.”  … Continue reading

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