Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Letters to the Editor

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Letters to the Editor

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* Intercollegiate Athletics' Opportunity to Pay for Universal Intramural Sports

My sincere compliments to Dr. Angela Lumpkin for her insightful Forum on Ethics article "A Call to Action for Faculty Regarding Intercollegiate Athletics" (Forum Winter/Spring 2008). Her focal issues, historical context and, and particularly the recommendations are extremely useful for Action Plans in all academic institutions. The various March Madness' are propitious reminders and provide faculty members further justifications to 'tame the rampant inlercollegiate athletics,' further hyped by the media and lurking professional scouts, teams, agents, etc.

Clearly the collegiate athletic promoters include alumni and members of a broadlybased 'professional sports system.' Indeed, some intercollegiate sports look to be part of the 'farm team' for professional sports organizations. Equally valid is the desire among many students to participate in intramural sports or just keep fit. Although, nearing a 'slippery slope,' why not recommend stopping (or at least boycotting) intercollegiate athletic programs until the owners of professional sports learns, sports promoters and the TV networks establish a generous fund directed solely to finance university intramural sports with adequate facilities and programs for the remaining 99.9% of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and their families? Sure this would be a bit of 'payback' for the publicly-subsidized stadia around the country, and would serve as an opportunity for direct health status and social benefits to all university employees and students. …

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