The Ethics Of Amateur Sports

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Amateur sports at the collegiate level are intended to provide young men and women the opportunity to participate in sporting activities at which they excel while receiving an education that will serve as a springboard for a future career. The soft skills of team building, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and dedication are often considered to be highly valued and sought after by employers. The camaraderie and bonding among student-athletes is invaluable and unique to this experience. Unfortunately, the sanctity of collegiate athletics has been tainted by the unethical behavior of the very people purported to have the best interests of the student athlete at heart. Despite having rules in place against academic dishonesty, inconsistencies in enforcement of sanctions do little to curb the practice. Penalties for misconduct will need to be severe and consistent for every institution that is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the rampant academic fraud to become the exception to the rule rather than the norm. The single greatest incentive for academic dishonesty to occur in regard to college athletics is money. College sports generate millions of dollars each year. In 2011-12, the NCAA reportedly received $705 million in revenue generated by television broadcasts (“Revenue,” 2012). All but about 4% goes directly back to the schools for their athletic departments. This allows for improvements to stadiums, locker rooms, dorms, weight rooms, and any

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