The System

The System

The Glory and Scandal of Big-time College Football

eBook - 2013
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"College football has never been more popular--or more chaotic. Millions fill 100,000-seat stadiums every Saturday; tens of millions more watch on television every weekend. The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama had a viewership of 26.4 million people, second only to the Super Bowl. Billions of dollars from television deals now flow into the game; the average budget for a top-ten team is $80 million; top coaches make more than $3 million a year; the highest paid, more than $5 million. But behind this glittering success are darker truths: athlete-students working essentially full-time jobs with no share in the oceans of money; players who often don't graduate and end their careers with broken bodies; janitors who clean up player misconduct; football hostesses willing to do whatever it takes to land a top recruit; seven-figure black box recruiting slush funds. And this: Despite the millions of dollars pouring into the game, 90 percent of major athletic departments still lose money. Yet schools remain caught up in an ever-escalating arms race--at the expense of academic scholarships, facilities and faculty. Celebrated investigative journalists Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian were granted unprecedented access during the 2012 season to programs at the highest levels across the country at a time of convulsive change in college football. Through dogged reporting, they explored every nook and cranny of this high-powered machine, and reveal how it operates from the inside out. The result: the system through the eyes of athletic directors and coaches, high-flying boosters and high-profile TV stars, five-star recruits and tireless NCAA investigators and the kids on whom the whole vast enterprise depends. Both a celebration of the power and pageantry of NCAA football and a groundbreaking, thought-provoking critique of its excesses, 'The System' is the definitive book on the college game."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2013.
ISBN: 9780385536622
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Subjects: Football -- Corrupt practices -- United States.
College sports -- United States.
Electronic books.
Additional Contributors: Keteyian, Armen


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george0819 Oct 08, 2013

This is purportedly a book about the seamier side of college football...not really so ! Of the larger exposes, Leach @ Texas Tech; OSU and tats and Sandusky/ PSU, all have been covered in better and greater detail, elsewhere. As to the "run of the mill", though by no means acceptable "proclamations", unacceptable athlete benefits, there is no new, nor insightful ground covered. This is essentially "light" college football reading for those into the sport. If you're searching for "inside stuff", this isn't it !


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