Earlier this week the NYT published an op-ed of mine proposing college degrees in athletics. Here is how it starts:
A new influx of money into big-time college sports is likely to reinvigorate debate over whether student athletes should be paid as if they were professionals, with colleges running semipro teams as side projects to their research and teaching missions.
But one question that gets little attention is how schools can keep big-time athletics connected to their academic objectives. Perhaps one way is for universities to award degrees in athletics.
I posted on it at The Least Thing as well, feel free to head over there if you’d like to discuss or comment.