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College sports have never been bigger. Once a roughneck intercollegiate pastime, football now commands millions of fans and generates massive revenues. New York Times investigative reporter Mike McIntire chronicles the rise in the popularity and power of college athletics, revealing deeply troubling relationships between college sports programs, the universities that host them, booster organizations, local police departments, and the courts. Using the Florida State Seminoles, one of the most successful teams in NCAA history, as an example, McIntire details a system that exploits athletes for profit, enables players to violate academic standards, and, in some cases, shields them from criminal prosecution.
At the heart of Champions Way is the wrenching story of a whistle-blower, Christie Suggs. This shocking exposé reveals the extent of a corrupt culture at the center of American higher education and the toll it takes on the players and those who dare to challenge the system.
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By Bob on 10-05-17
An absolutely necessary and long overdue analysis
Fantastic. Both impressively well researched and - given McIntire's previous high quality work - clearly impartial, 'Champions Way' is an absolutely necessary and long overdue analysis of collegiate sports' idiosyncrasies including the nonsensical retention of its tax exempt status, lack of governance, continued failure to fulfill its moral responsibilities to the boys it recruits, an irreconcilable stance to not fairly compensate its athletes, and the continued oxymoronic use of "student-athletes" to describe its entertainers. Supporting collegiate sports in its existing form is an ever more difficult exercise in cognitive dissonance.