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What Does Intercollegiate Athletics Do To or For Colleges and Universities?

  • Malcolm Getz


    (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

  • John Siegfried


    (American Economic Association, Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University, University of Adelaide, South Australia)

What tangible benefit do universities who participate in major televised sports achieve from their commitment? The essay reviews the evidence on the gains in public funding, attraction of philanthropy, increases in applicants and selectivity, and the influence on students. Ultimately, what is the opportunity cost of an institution's financial stake in what may be close to a zero sum game?

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Paper provided by Vanderbilt University Department of Economics in its series Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers with number 1005.

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Date of creation: Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:van:wpaper:1005
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