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Sports, NCAA Basketball, and Money

From: Carnegie Council
Series: Global Ethics Corner
Length: 02:00

Is the role of the NCAA to help students succeed through sports, or to garner money for educational institutions? With the high drop-out rate of NCAA basketball players, should the organization change its rules to encourage student athletes to complete their undergraduate degrees? Read the full description.

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Created and managed by Carnegie Council Senior Program Director and Senior Fellow William Vocke, Global Ethics Corner is a weekly 90-second segment devoted to newsworthy ethical issues.

Transcript

In modern societies many people seek roots and identity. Sports frequently fill that need.

Sports are tribal, coalescing around colors, images, and myths. Greatness is rare. Sports' heroes and heroines reaffirm tribal links.

The market for both the tribal and the rare is huge; literally worth millions. While teachers, police, etc. provide more worthy public service, they can't command these dollars. This is an understandable, if unpleasant, market fact.

However, collegiate sports are also about education. The NCAA proudly serves 400,000+ student/athletes, and few go on to sports careers.

The NCAA basketball championship is a highlight of the sport's year, and this year highlighted a gray area, neither market nor student driven.

Only the rare appearance of a mid-major team like Butler revealed how the night might be. The basketball was legendary. Unusually, both finalists graduate 90...
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Additional Credits

William Vocke- Producer, Program Director, Writer and Voice Talent
Deborah Carroll- Production Manager
Robert Smithline- Editor
Terence Hurley- Editor
Ina Pira- Media Coordinator

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