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|Part 1||The Rise of Beer-and-Circus|
|2.||College Sports Winners and Losers||23|
|3.||The NCAA, the Tube, and the Fans||33|
|5.||Admissions Office Scams||53|
|6.||The Flutie Factor||60|
|Part 2||College Lite: Less Educationally Filling|
|7.||Shaft the Undergraduates||71|
|8.||The Great Researcher = Great Teacher Myth||81|
|9.||New Siwash in Red Ink||92|
|10.||Student Mix and Match||99|
|11.||The Faculty/Student Nonaggression Pact||112|
|13.||Undergraduate Education Triage: Honors Program Lifeboats||135|
|Part 3||Beer-and-Circus Rules|
|14.||Cheap Beer: The Oxygen of the Greek System||151|
|15.||Drinking Off-Campus and Far Off-Campus (Spring Break)||168|
|16.||Party Round the Team||182|
|17.||Rally Round the Team--As Long as It Wins and Covers the Spread||201|
|18.||College Sports MegaInc||216|
|19.||College Sports MegaInc. versus Undergraduate Education||230|
|20.||Who Loves the Jocks?||239|
|21.||The New 3 R's||248|
|Conclusion: What Should Happen versus What Probably Will Happen||262|
Posted December 26, 2011
Blaming college sports for the decline of higher education is nonsense. The university system long ago abandoned education for leftist indocrination, in collusion with the federal government, education activists, bureacrats, the tenure system and a general leftist disdain for the United States and the West in general. Given the nonsense that prevails in the academy, sports may well be the best service college provides society today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 24, 2010
Majority of people only see the one side of College Sports and this book not only shows the other side but with good insight as to why it got that way. I don't necessarily agree with everything the author had to say being an athlete myself but it was an easy, informative read and helped with research pertaining to that subject.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 4, 2004
Beer and Circus reveals author Murray Sperber to be a muckracker of big-time college athletics. This profound book is full of hard-hitting truth about American higher education and its hypocritical propping up of the sports entertainment business on its campuses. If it seems amazing that a nation that prides itself on churning out so many college graduates every year is so void of critical thought, Sperber details why, as he asserts that large universities with big-time college sports programs, where most college graduates matriculate and earn their degrees, provide everything but critical thought in their watered-down curriculums and use of big-time college sports and implicit support of the party scene as both a diversion from and a replacement for quality undergraduate education.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 30, 2000
Murray Sperber has provided a great public service. Beer and Circus is a comprehensive, compelling argument against college sports taking over American campuses, resulting not only in student-athletes who can't do college work, but regular students looking for 24/7 partying in lieu of self-examination and contemplation. College administrators come under fire for cynically marketing college life as Club Med, and Sperber also takes the mass media to task for hyping college sports round-the-clock while not reporting that most NCAA Division I basketball/football programs actually lose money (and that bowl and tournament winnings rarely get to collegiate academic departments).<br> Sperber's hardly the stuffy fuddy-duddy his many critics has painted him as -- his prose is sharp and funny, and he's an ex-college jock himself. He's no self-appointed leader of the Anti-Fun Thought Police... just a professor who wants to see sports be a <b>part</b> of college life, not a substitute.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 13, 2010
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