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The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  3 reviews
The President of Williams College faces a firestorm for not allowing the women's lacrosse team to postpone exams to attend the playoffs. The University of Michigan loses $2.8 million on athletics despite averaging 110,000 fans at each home football game. Schools across the country struggle with the tradeoffs involved with recruiting athletes and updating facilities for doz ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published April 28th 2002 by Princeton University Press (first published November 27th 2000)
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Mar 12, 2011 Ben rated it 4 of 5 stars
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The Game of Life examines looks at college sports and tries to go beyond the common myths related to college sports. The authors looks at a variety of schools from public Division I schools to private Division III colleges. They primarily use data about students from three different years (1951, 1976 and 1989) and both compare student athletes to the student body at large, but also to the different eras. The also examine the cost of sports, and look at some of the myths related to the profitabil ...more
Definitely interesting but long winded. I found the book to be very repetitive, so I read all of the figures and chapter conclusions while skipping most of the text, and I don't think I really missed much.
Reads like a quantitative dissertation, but it has solid information on the difference between students and student-athletes at various institutions.
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