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Title:
A new season : using Title IX to reform college sports
Author:
Porto, Brian L.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2003.
Physical Description:
xiv, 245 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780275976996
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Book

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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.


Author Notes

BRIAN L. PORTO is an attorney, a freelance writer, and Adjunct Professor at the Community College of Vermont. His writings have appeared in the Seton Hall Journal of Sport Law , the Vermont Bar Journal , and the Journal of Sport and Social Issues . He is the author of May It Please the Court: Judicial Process and Politics in America (2001), and The Craft of Legal Reasoning (1998).


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Porto (attorney and adjunct professor, Community College of Vermont) founds this well-researched book on known principles that appear logical and not worthy of discussion. The first is that sports can be a valuable part of a college education when they are secondary to the academic curriculum. Second is that when sports are primarily a means of earning money and gaining public visibility, they do not belong on college campuses. The author believes that there can be fiscal sanity, academic integrity, personal responsibility, and gender equity in college sports. The descriptive chapter titles say everything about the book: "Seasons of Past," a brief history of college sports; "Seasons of Debt," financial consequences; "Seasons of Shame," academic consequences; and so on. Porto concludes with "The New Season Begins," in which he discusses how to implement a particular model presented in an earlier chapter. Annotated notes at the end of each chapter lead readers to supplemental information. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students. J. Davenport emerita, Auburn University


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