Sporting Standards for a Non-Profit University.

Dec 14 2016 Published by under Academia, Education

  1. There shall be no compensation for any coach.
  2. There shall be no selling of tickets to matches.
  3. There shall be no revenue to the university from televising or otherwise reporting matches.
  4. All participants, coaches, and planners shall be full- or part-time students enrolled in the school.
  5. Medical staff are an exemption to 4.
  6. Medical staff are not an exemption to 1.

6 responses so far

  • David says:

    "There shall be no revenue to the university from televising or otherwise reporting matches."
    So should the networks keep all the money? Or do you want to just cancel the televising of college sports?

    I'm torn on this. I recognize that college football is big business and has lots and lots and lots of issues. For a tax exempt school to be involved in such a big business, I have concerns (as a taxpayer). On the other hand, I have very fond memories related to football from my time at my university. And the team's success brought national attention to my school. I think there is at least a moderate link between the football team's success and the recent large increase in enrollment.

    I wish that more of the revenue brought in from football was used for academics and that the coach didn't make over $3M.

    • dr24hours says:

      Without professional coaches or revenue from ticket sales, etc., the programs would all be small and local. I doubt TV would want to televise at all.

      • David says:

        So that is intramural sports, right. And it tends to be predominately participant based, not observant based, i.e. the ratio of people playing an intramural sport to those watching is greater than one, while the ratio for varsity sports can be a very small number, such as ~100 players vs 100,000 fans). We are disentangling the university experience from what is, in effect, professional sports.

        I'm wondering if there are other aspects of the university experience that should be disentangled. The mission of a teaching university differs substantially (at least in practice) from that of a research university (here I'm thinking of hiring and promotion decisions, who teaches what classes, etc). Obviously there are pros and cons to separating the two (teaching vs research), but should that be a topic of discussion. The research aspects bring in big money and benefit only a select group of students. As these blogs discuss often, there is exploitation of labor, just as there is with the athletes. Do the benefits outweigh the cons?

      • David says:

        [One thing to add to my earlier comment]
        I estimate that 90% of the labs I know accept contract work, either from for-profit companies (what I usually refer to as industry) or for litigation. Should a non-profit university allow their staff to do applied research for for-profit companies?

        • 24 says:

          If and only if it is a patronage and not a fee-for-service. i.e., funding true research with no supression of publication of output, no role in study design.

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