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What went wrong with college sports

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Donna A. Lopiano, adjunct lecturer in sports management at Southern Connecticut State University and president of Sports Management Resources consulting firm, and former Women’s Athletic Director at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses her most recent title, co-authored with Gerald Gurney and Andrew Zimbalist, “Unwinding Madness: What Went Wrong with College Sports–and How to Fix It” (Brookings Institution Press, 2017) which looks at how college sports have undermined what college is supposed to do for students: educate them.

Also in this podcast, Stephen Hess, senior fellow emeritus in Governance Studies, recounts travelling with vice-presidential candidate Spiro T. Agnew, in this installment of “Steve Hess Stories.”

Show Notes:

Andrew Zimbalist explains how FIFA treats the Women’s World Cup differently than the Men’s

Unwinding Madness: Experts break down key issues facing the NCAA today

Academic Fraud, Athletes and Faculty Responsibility

Awareness Reduces Racial Bias

The Professor and the President

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Thanks to audio producer Gaston Reboredo and producer Vanessa Sauter, and also thanks for additional support from Eric Abalahin, Jessica Pavone, Nawal Atallah, Kelly Russo, and Rebecca Viser.

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