College Sports

August 26, 1994 • Volume 4, Issue 32
Will reform efforts help or hurt student athletes?
By Richard L. Worsnop


Over the past decade, a reform movement has reshaped the image of big-time college sports. At the insistence of college presidents, members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have voted to raise academic standards for student athletes, reduce the number of sports scholarships, limit practice time and phase out separate dormitories for players. Despite all this, major college revenue sports -- chiefly football and basketball -- remain under constant threat of commercialism and corruption. Some say the best way of defusing the threat is to acknowledge that college football and basketball players are professionals and pay them accordingly. NCAA reform leaders reject this approach, arguing that constant vigilance is the best way to protect the integrity of both college education and college sports.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
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Apr. 24, 2020  Compensating College Athletes
Jun. 03, 2016  College Athletics
Jul. 11, 2014  Paying College Athletes
Nov. 18, 2011  College Football
Mar. 19, 2004  Reforming Big-Time College Sports
Mar. 23, 2001  Sportsmanship
Aug. 26, 1994  College Sports
Aug. 15, 1986  College Sports Under Fire
Apr. 15, 1983  Changing Environment in College Sports
Sep. 05, 1975  Future of Varsity Sports
Sep. 10, 1952  Commercialism in College Athletics
Sports and Recreation
Undergraduate and Graduate Education