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POLI.3290: Politics of College Sports

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Welcome to Politics of College Sports with Jeff Gerson

This course will explore the key issues facing college sports today, such as the impact of the pandemic and the current movement for racial justice. The class will feature leading figures from the world of college athletics, including coaches, college presidents, athletic directors, conference commissioners, athletic trainers, NCAA officials and NCAA reformers, attorneys, former college athletes, and sports journalists covering the beat.

Required Reading

The Best American Sports Writing 2020. Paperback. Series edited by Glenn Stout. Guest editor Jackie MacMullan.

Billion-dollar Ball: a Journey Through the Big Money Culture of College Football. 2015. By Gilbert M. Gaul. Viking.

Extra credit book:

The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino. 2018. by Michael Sokolove. Penguin/Random House.