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Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Exploiting College Athletes Revised Edition

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ISBN-10: 0472084429
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From Publishers Weekly

The most shocking feature of this expose of American college athletic programs is that it comes from the man who oversaw those programs as executive director of the NCAA from 1951 to 1986. Written with freelancer Hammer, Byers's depiction is a uniformly dismal one principally regarding football and, to a lesser degree, basketball. At the top of the heap are college presidents, whom Byers terms ``world-weary cynics'' and who hold their jobs for relatively short periods compared with tenured faculty members; then there are head coaches, often greedy self-promoters, and their ever-expanding staffs, who take a huge bite out of athletic budgets; at the bottom are the athletes, who actually earn the money but get nothing in return, least of all a good education. Byers points out the sham of calling a multibillion-dollar industry ``amateur,'' but, in a disappointing conclusion, he stops short of advocating salaries for players, proposing instead an unrealistic program of increased job opportunities for athletes. In his nostalgia for the days when academics ruled the campus, Byers comes across as a man of high principles who appears to have expended his energy on a useless cause. Photos not seen by PW.

Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From 1951 to 1966, Byers was executive director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which oversees the conduct of college sports by its 1,099 members. Focusing on big-time NCAA football and basketball, he records abuses of admission and academic standards, the influence of television revenues, and misconduct by coaches and others. Citing his own reform efforts, he concludes that playing college sports is often not an amateur but a professional matter and that athletes should be better rewarded. Like Francis X. Dealy Jr.'s Win at Any Cost (LJ 10/15/90), this offers radical solutions and is well recommended.?Morey Berger, St. Joseph's Hosp. Medical Lib., Tucson, Ariz.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press; Revised edition (October 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472084429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472084425
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. S. Brooks on October 28, 2011
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Well written book used as a reference for my book on the 2010 football game between Nebraska and Texas A&M...

It is despleasing to see how the college athletes are used, but the free education scholarships are used. They, the football players should be allowed additional income and this book points that out.

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Well written book used as a reference for my book on the 2010 football game between Nebraska and Texas A&M...

It is despleasing to see how the college athletes are used, but the free education scholarships are used. They, the football players should be allowed additional income and this book points that out.

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Quick ship, great book.
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By G. Sha on December 13, 2012
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This book was warped and very dirty. Much worse than the advertised quality. I wonder if it was packaged improperly or stored improperly.
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