Course Description: This course will address a variety of social, economic and legal issues related to sports in America with a primary emphasis on intercollegiate sports. Topics include the role of athletics in higher education; balancing athletic achievement and academics; NCAA academic policies; sports and the admissions process (including recent college admissions scandal); compensating college athletes; the impact of professional sports draft rules on college athletics; emerging state laws and NCAA policy on student athlete marketing of intellectual property; unionization of college athletes; NCAA enforcement policies and sanctions; the revenue impact of big-time college sports; Title IX and women’s sports equality; and the college football playoff and bowl game structure. We will also examine the issues of gambling in sports; the head injury conundrum; professional sports leagues’ policies and sanctions on player misconduct; and national anthem protests.
NO REQUIRED BOOKS, readings will be emailed prior to classes.
INSTRUCTOR: Jack S. Ross, III has taught many courses in the WISE Program focusing on constitutional law and the Supreme Court. He also has a background in sports journalism and is an avid observer of college sports. He holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Course fee: $45.00
Zoom Link: Sent to paid and registered members before the start of course.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609