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
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Penn State Scandal Symptomatic of Football Economic Monster (SFGate - November 9, 2011)
In the Pacific 12, Profit-and-Loss is Eclipsing Wins and Losses (LA Times - October 15, 2011)
Nader: College Athletics Dumbing Down Society (Contra Costa Times - October 5, 2011)
The Luxurious College Sports Model (NPR - October 5, 2011)
The Shame of College Sports by Taylor Branch, The Atlantic, October 2011
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Hagens Berman Files suit on behalf of Ex-College Football Players (MarketWatch - September 28, 2011)
Skeptics Cast Wary Eyes on Plans to Finance Cal Stadium Upgrade (The New York Times - September 15, 2011)
Unnecessary Roughness (The Wall Street Journal - September 10, 2011)
American Football: Parties, payments and prostitutes: lurid scandal of US college football
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Defining UC Berkeley's future (Daily Cal - September 2, 2011)
"Accountability on the Quad" (New York Times - August 31, 2011)
"A feckless NCAA needs to bring back the death penalty."
New class to focus on funding for athletics (Daily Cal - August 28, 2011)
Rutgers Athletics grow at expense of Academics unlike Texas (Bloomberg - August 16, 2011)
"Budget Plan Bans Taxpayer Funds For UC Athletes" (SF Gate - June 19, 2011)
"Sonny Vaccaro: Godfather of contemporary commercial sports and his commitment to changing exploitative system" (Harvard Law School Symposium - April 4, 2011)
Don't Subsidize UC Jocks (Sacramento Bee - February 22, 2011)
Kicking Around the Cost of Football (SF Examiner - February 15, 2011)
UC Berkeley's Endowment Seating Program Doesn't Quite Add Up (Daily Cal - January 25, 2011)
"The Campus's Plan to Go Into Debt to Retrofit Memorial Stadium Is a Problematic Issue"
Rutgers Player is Paralyzed Below the Neck (NYTimes - October 17, 2010)
Financial Plan Is on Shaky Ground (Daily Cal - December 3, 2010)
Cal Golden Bears Leaving the Diamond (Wall Street Journal - September 29, 2010)
Students Unaware of Usage Fees (USA Today- September 22, 2010)
"Those who can most afford to pay a subsidy tax actually pay the smallest amount," Denhart says. "Those who can least afford it pay the most."
Intercollegiate Athletics Report Of Limited Utility to Chancellor (Daily Cal - July 19, 2010)
Athletics Practice Doesn't Comport With Policy (Daily Cal - May 10, 2010)
Campus Athletics Must Be Accountable For Spending (Daily Cal - April 23, 2010)
"The 'Special' Council, Led By the Chancellor, Must Investigate With A Variety of Voices"
UC sports center's financing questioned (SFGate - March 30, 2010)
The Price of Excellence (Cal Alumni Association - March 20, 2010)
Amid Funding Crisis, College Athletics Soak Up Subsidies (USA Today - January 15, 2010)
UC Berkeley Should Put Academics First (Daily Cal - November 6, 2009)
UC Berkeley Faculty Endorse Cut in Athletic Aid (SF Chronicle - November 6, 2009)
Faculty group wants Cal to End Subsidies for Athletics Department (USA Today - November 3, 2009)
Some professors want Cal to stop subsidizing sports (SFGate - October 29, 2009)
Offensive Play: How different are dogfighting and football? by Malcolm Gladwell (The New Yorker - October 19, 2009)
In Classroom Bears Must Finish What they Start (SFGate - November 30, 2008)
News Analysis: Public Relations (Again) Trumps Public Safety at UC Berkeley (The Berkeley Daily Planet - October 16, 2008)
Cal's Big-Ticket Football Plan (Forbes - September 10th, 2008)
Memorial Stadium — Controversial from the Start (Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association - 2003-2005)
NCAA Graduation Rates
Budget Crisis Blog
Intercollegiate Athletics' annual cost to campus from 2003 to 2010 (7 year period)
Detailed information on Intercollegiate Athletics (IA) (scroll down to see detailed tables of annual cost to campus from 2003 to 2010)
(Also, PDF of "Annual Cost to Campus of Intercollegiate Athletics from 2003 to 2009 (6 year period)" chart is available on the "Resource Materials" section of this website)
IA Resolution Updates
Links to Intercollegiate Athletics (IA) financial documents and to executive and coach contracts
Recent IA News
National news on Intercollegiate Athletics with a focus on financial issues
KQED FM 88.5 Forum Podcast: UC Berkeley's Sports Budget
"As California's universities face increasing budget shortfalls, some professors at UC Berkeley insist that subsidizing intercollegiate athletics should be stopped immediately. Others argue that to do so would have drastic consequences for campus life. We discuss the issue, and options for resolving athletic and academic funding."
PBS: Money and March Madness
"If everyone is profiting of the multibillion dollar business of college sports - why shouldn't the players?"
PBS Interview with Taylor Branch, author of The Atlantic article "The Shame Of College Sports"
South Park's "Crack Baby Athletic Association" (original air date: 25 May 2011):• Two Minute Clip of "Stu-dent-ath-o-leets" • Full Episode of "Crack Baby Athletic Association"