University Park, Pa. -- Are they student athletes or could they be considered university employees? In the next episode of “Conversations from Penn State,” Allen Sack, a former college football player and author, addresses the increased commercialism of college athletics and its impact on the players’ education. The show will air at noon on Monday, Sept. 13, on the Big Ten Network, and at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, on WPSU-TV. The show also can be viewed at http://conversations.psu.edu/ online.
“The university has a greater responsibility to the larger community,” Sack conceded. “Isn't providing that kind of excitement and entertainment with skilled athletes part of that? Yes it is, but not at the expense of the education of the athletes.”
The show will air at noon on Monday, Sept. 13, on the Big Ten Network, and at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, on WPSU-TV. The show also can be viewed at http://conversations.psu.edu/ online.
Allen Sack played college football at Notre Dame in the 1960s. He turned down an opportunity to go pro in favor of pursuing further education, including a doctorate in sociology from Penn State. He has been director of the Sports Management Program at the University of New Haven since 2001. Sack is the co-author of “College Athletes for Hire: The Evolution and Legacy of the NCAA’s Amateur Myth.” His most recent book is 2008’s “Counterfeit Amateurs: An Athlete's Journey through the Sixties to the Age of Academic Capitalism.”
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