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Charles Clotfelter discusses College Sports Reform on WUNC’s “The State of Things”

Tuesday, February 28 2012 by Alex Granados and Frank Stasio

Big time college sports like basketball and football have a contradictory reputation at many universities. They bring in big bucks and engender loyalty to a school, but they also distract from higher education’s primary mission. Are reforms necessary in the college sports system? Host Frank Stasio talks to Dave Dewitt, WUNC’s education reporter and a former college basketball player and coach; Charles Clotfelter, professor of public policy, economics and law at Duke University and author of “Big-Time Sports in American Universities” (Cambridge University Press/2011); and Will Blythe, editor-at-large of Byliner and author of “To Hate Like This is to be Happy Forever” (Harper/2007), which chronicles the UNC-Duke basketball rivalry.

Listen to Charles Clotfelter on the Value of Big-Time College Sports

Or, visit the WUNC website for more information and media.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Audio, Events

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Charles Clotfelter featured on CSPAN BOOKTV

Charles Clotfelter looks at the impact of commercial-level sports at universities in the United States and assesses what this has meant for the system of higher learning. He showed some pictures and charts during his presentation and he responded to questions from members of the audience.

“College Sports: You got a problem with that?” was a Shaftesbury Society luncheon talk at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, North Carolina.

CSPAN BOOKTV aired the talk on February 13, 2012, and it is available for online viewing here.

 

 

Posted by on February 15, 2012 in Events, Press, Video

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Office Hours: The Value of Big-Time College Sports

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Charles Clotfelter discusses college sports as a university activity on Duke Office Hours (November 10, 2011).

 

Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Events, Press, Video

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Charles Clotfelter Takes Questions on the Value of College Sports, Nov. 10

In a live, online “Office Hours” conversation Thursday at noon, the author of “Big-Time Sports in American Universities” will explain what he learned in writing his book.

Originally posted on today.duke.edu.

Editor’s Note: Watch the webcast live Thursday at noon on the Duke Ustream channel.

Charles Clotfelter

DURHAM, NC – College football is in the news this year not only for on-field highlights, but also because of shifting conference alignments, NCAA investigations, and even criminal charges.

 

Duke Professor Charles Clotfelter, author of “Big-Time Sports in American Universities,” says questions surrounding the mix of money, morality and education in intercollegiate athletics are nothing new, but that is no excuse for avoiding reform.

“Cheating won’t be solved just by tighter rules and better enforcement. A century of big-time college sports tells us that much,” Clotfelter wrote in an opinion piece. “Real change won’t happen until university trustees, not just presidents, show they value the academic mission more than winning games.”

During a live, interactive “Office Hours” webcast at noon Thursday, Nov. 10, Clotfelter will answer viewer questions about the business and ethics of college sports. Watch the webcast on the Duke Ustream channel. To submit a question, send an email to live@duke.edu, tweet with the tag #dukelive or post to the Duke University Facebook page.

Learn more about the book

In reviewing “Big-Time Sports in American Universities,” The Seattle Times wrote, “In a book dense with statistics — and sports fans love statistics, right? — Clotfelter compiles a sort of ledger sheet, with the good (athletic success begets a bump in applications for admission) alongside the bad (most big-time college sports programs lose big-time money).”

Clotfelter is the Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and also a professor of economics and law. He enjoys playing squash and golf — and watching college sports.

 

 

Posted by on November 9, 2011 in Events

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Office Hours on the Business of College Sports – Duke Magazine Forum

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A diverse panel takes up the topic of conflicts and benefits of commercial college sports. Speakers include: Charles Clotfelter ’69, Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies, and author of the new book “Big-Time Sports in American Universities”; Alan Fishel J.D. ’86, P’13, partner, Arent Fox, and lead counsel on Bowl Championship Series issues; Chris Kennedy Ph.D. ’79, P’05, P’09, Duke’s deputy director of athletics and Title IX Coordinator, and Nancy Hogshead-Makar ’86, Olympic gold-medal winner and professor at Florida Coastal School of Law. James E. Coleman, Jr., John S. Bradway Professor of Law at Duke Law School, moderated the April 8, 2011 panel.

 

Posted by on April 13, 2011 in Events, Press, Video

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WOSU Public Radio

The Business of Public Sports
March 29, 2011

Many American universities are known around the country not for their academic accomplishments, but for their football or basketball teams. We’ll hear how the commercialization of college sports creates conflicts for traditional academic values, as universities strive to succeed in athletics, with author and Duke University Public Policy Professor Charles Clotfelter.

Listen here.

 

Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Audio, Events

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May Book Readings

Monday, May 2, 2011 – 7:30 PM
Quail Ridge Books & Music
3522 Wade Ave.
http://www.quailridgebooks.com/
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 828-1588

 

Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Events

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April 8, 2011 – 2pm: Duke Magazine Forum

College Sports: The Economics, Ethics, and Excesses of the Games We Love

April 8, 2011 – 2pm: Duke Magazine Forum

[The conversation will be held in Page Gym, rather than Card Gym as previously listed.]

College Sports: The Economics, Ethics, and Excesses of the Games We Love,” is the topic of a Duke Magazine Forum-Office Hours conversation at 2 p.m., Friday, April 8, in Duke’s Page Gym (changed as of April 6, 2011). Those not able to attend in person can watch the discussion live on the Duke University Ustream channel and also submit questions online.

Addressing the issue will be Charles Clotfelter ’69, Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies, and author of the new book “Big-Time Sports in American Universities”; Alan Fishel J.D. ’86, P’13, partner, Arent Fox, and lead counsel on Bowl Championship Series issues; Chris Kennedy Ph.D. ’79, P’05, P’09, Duke’s deputy director of athletics and Title IX Coordinator, and Nancy Hogshead-Makar ’86, Olympic gold-medal winner and professor at Florida Coastal School of Law. James E. Coleman, Jr., John S. Bradway Professor of Law at Duke Law School, will moderate the panel.

Anyone can ask a question online, before or during the discussion. To do that:

  • send an email to live@duke.edu
  • tweet with the tag #dukelive
  • or post to the Duke University Facebook page.
 

Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Events

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Inside Higher Ed

‘Big-Time Sports in American Universities’

www.insidehighered.com
March 25, 2011
By Doug Lederman

As a leading economist of education, Charles T. Clotfelter has brought data-driven analysis to many key topics surrounding American schools and colleges: the impact of K-12 desegregation, teacher compensation, federal tax policy and charitable giving, and cost escalation in higher education, among many others. Yet he, like many other social scientists, had until recently largely ignored a highly visible element of today’s (and yesterday’s, for that matter) campus environment: the highly commercialized endeavor of big-time athletics. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Events, Interviews

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

New Book Examines Differences Between Universities With and Without Big-Time Sports

www.chronicle.com
March 24, 2011
By Brad Wolverton

Book Cover : Big-Time Sprorts in American Universities

Big-Time Sports in American Universities

In Big-Time Sports in American Universities, a new book out from Cambridge University Press, Charles T. Clotfelter examines what some describe as the outsize role athletics plays on many American campuses. Below, the Duke University professor of public policy, economics, and law answers a few of our questions about his work.

You’ve written about school desegregation, the growth of state lotteries, and the rising price of college. What about college sports attracted your attention?

Like a lot of Americans, I have been a fan of college sports from early on, so it was second-nature to me that people might get very invested in the fortunes of college teams. What I did not expect, before I took my first faculty position, was that college sports would be a subject of such intense interest among otherwise serious and studious professors. I began to realize the powerful hold that big-time college sports has on people, and universities, is one of those “ever-present but overlooked” aspects of life that social scientists are taught to look out for. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Events, Interviews

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