Priorities Under Pressure: A Critical Assessment of How the University's Core Mission is Affected by Intercollegiate Athletics
Professors Brian Barsky, Margaretta Lovell, and Laura Nader
University of California, Berkeley
Sep. 15: David Meggesy, former NFL player and author of book Out of Their League
Sep. 22: Sonny Vaccaro, former sports marketing executive at Nike, Adidas, and Reebok
Sep. 29: Gray Brechin, Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography, UC Berkeley
Oct. 4: Ralph Nader, Progressive political activist and former presidential candidate
Oct. 13: Kadence Otto, Associate Professor of Sport Management, Western Carolina University
Oct. 20: Roger Noll, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Oct. 27: James Duderstadt, President Emeritus of the University of Michigan (videoconference)
Nov. 3: Sandy Barbour, Athletics Director, UC Berkeley
Nov. 17: John Wilton, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance, UC Berkeley
Dec. 1: Harry Edwards, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley
Dec. 2: Dave Zirin, Sports Writer for The Nation magazine
"A Brief History of Intercollegiate Athletics -- Nationally and at Cal"
Chief of Staff to the Chancellor, UC Berkeley, 1972-2008
John Cummins was a senior administrator under five chancellors at UC Berkeley, from 1972 to 2008. He received his BA from Marquette University and his PhD in Education from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. His responsibilities at various times included public affairs, governmental relations, internal audit, whistleblower investigations, crisis management, and intercollegiate athletics among other duties. He is currently writing a book on a history of the management of intercollegiate athletics at Cal from the 1960's to the present.
"Football: The American War Game"
David (Dave) Meggyesy
Former NFL player
Author of Out of Their League
David Meggyesy is a former seven year NFL linebacker with the St. Louis Cardinals and high school football coach. Meggyesy authored Out of Their League, a best selling football autobiography which was included in Sports Illustrated’s 100 best sports books ever written. Meggyesy co-founded the Esalen Sports Center, taught a course "Sports, Consciousness and Social Change" at Stanford University, served as Western Director of the National Football League Players Association, and is Board President of Athletes United for Peace. Meggyesy has a BA in History from Syracuse University and was enrolled in a Sociology PhD program at Washington University in St. Louis. He has lectured and written extensively on issues regarding sport and society and sport and human potential.
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011:
"Merging Athletics and Academics"
Former sports marketing executive at Nike, Adidas, and Reebok
"Bait & Switch: Why Did the Regents Build Cal Memorial Stadium on 'America's Most Dangerous Faultline'
and Why It Can't Be Made Safe"
Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography, UC Berkeley
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011:
"What's the Matter with Big Time College Sports?"
Progressive political activist and former presidential candidate
Detailed Biography of Ralph Nader
"A Philosophy Conflicted: The NCAA and Its Principle of Amateurism"
Associate Professor of Sport Management, Western Carolina University
To view the Powerpoint slide presentation accompanying Professor Otto's lecture, please click the file icon:
Thursday, October 20th, 2011:
"The Economics of University Athletics Programs"
Emeritus Professor of Economics at Stanford University
and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Roger Noll's paper "The Antitrust Economics of NCAA Restrictions On Athletic Scholarships" is available in the "Resource Materials" section of this website.
Thursday, October 27th, 2011:
"Tilting at Windmills: The Challenge of Reforming Big-Time College Sports" (videoconference)
President Emeritus of the University of Michigan
Author of Intercollegiate Athletics and the American University: A University President's Perspective
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011:
"College Athletics: Why We Play?"
Athletics Director, UC Berkeley
“Intercollegiate Athletics Finances in the Context of the Bigger Picture”
Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance, UC Berkeley
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“Show Me The Money: A Protest Slogan for These Times”
Emeritus Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley
“Sports and Resistance in the United States”
Sports Writer for The Nation magazine