Should College Athletes Be Paid?

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AGERANGE: Ages 15 to adult.

The At Issue series provides a useful service in handily assembling in one place different perspectives on current issues, like the other Greenhaven series reviewed below, but the At Issue titles have a relatively narrow focus and the volumes are correspondingly shorter, with less editorial material. Each book starts with a three or four-page introduction that discusses the issue and explains why it’s controversial, followed by a dozen or so articles by journalists, scientists, government officials and others. For example, in Performance Enhancing Drugs the National Institute on Drug Abuse holds that “Performance-Enhancing Drugs Are Harmful to Health,” while newspaper columnist Glenn Dickey maintains, “Looking for an Edge is Part of Sports.” Law professor Matthew J. Mitten believes that “Athletic Governing Bodies Should Administer Drug Testing Programs,” while coach Ken Mannie of Michigan State University states that “Testing Inhibits the Development of Performance-Enhancing Drugs.” Each article begins with a paragraph summarizing the author’s argument, and there is an annotated list of organizations to contact at the back of the book. While some of these hot topics may quickly become outdated (e.g., Is the U.S. Ready for a Minority President?), the volumes provide a variety of carefully chosen contrasting opinions for class discussions and debates as well as individual research. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
March 2008 (Vol. 42, No.2)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737737905
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 11/7/2007
  • Series: At Issue Series: Sports
  • Pages: 91
  • Sales rank: 625,216
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction     7
Paying College Athletes Makes Economic Sense   Rodney D. Fort     10
Pay to Play: Should College Athletes Be Paid?   Krikor Meshefejian     16
College Athletes Should Not Be Paid due to Post-Eligibility School Benefits   Eugene McCormack     21
College Athletes Should Be Allowed to Have Their Own Endorsement Deals   Shelly Anderson     29
College Athletes Should Be Paid as Schools Neglect Their Academic Interests   Tom Palaima     33
College Athletes Should Not Be Paid Because They Are Not Exploited   Jon Saraceno     37
Paid College Athletes Won't Be Tempted to Accept Illegal Payments or Gamble   Brian L. Porto     41
College Athletes Should Not Be Paid Because a College Education Is Valuable   James L. Shulman   William G. Bowen     47
College Athletes Should Receive Guaranteed Four-Year Scholarships   Kevin Blackistone     57
Athletic Scholarships Should Be Eliminated   John R. Gerdy     62
College Athletes Should Receive a Scholarship Raise to Cover Necessities$dNational College Players Association     71
College Athletes Should Be Allowed to Unionize   Paul D. Staudohar   Barry Zepel     75
College Athletes ShouldNot Be Allowed to Unionize   Dr. Thomas K. Hearn Jr.     78
Organizations to Contact     88
Bibliography     92
Index     97
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