Ethics and College Sports is a careful analysis of the root problems in intercollegiate athletics in American universities. It examines the prevalent myths that are regularly used to justify the inclusion of intercollegiate athletics, and all of the abuses and scandals it has brought to university campuses, from a moral perspective. In this book, the myths that amateurism is morally desirable, that sports brings good moral character, and that the elite sports programs raise significant sums of money to support university budgets are dissected. The actual impact of the movement to provide gender equity in athletics programs on campus is discussed and a defensible justification for intercollegiate athletics is offered.
Peter A. French is professor of philosophy and director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at Arizona State University.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 The Mission of the University and the Role of Intercollegiate Atheletics Chapter 3 The Amateur Myth Chapter 4 The Character Education Myth Chapter 5 The Gender Equity Joke Chapter 6 The Funding Myth Chapter 7 The Entertainment Reality Chapter 8 Conclusion Chapter 9 Appendix A: University and Athletic Department Mission Statements Chapter 10 Appendix B: NCAA Report on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct in Intercollegiate Athletics Chapter 11 Appendix C: Summary of NCAA Regulations-Division I Chapter 12 Appendix D: NCAA Banned Drugs Chapter 13 Appendix E: NCAA Countable Athletically Related Activities Chapter 14 Appendix F: NCAA Rules on Gambling and Intercollegiate Athletics Chapter 15 Appendix G: Student-Athlete Employment Information-Any Time