Transforming Academia: Historical Context and Evolution of College Athletics

Posted: 1 Aug 2014

Date Written: March 15, 2014

Abstract

Students, instead of pursuing a degree, strive to gain admissions to the collegiate sports programs not to obtain a degree but as a means to a professional athletic career. Schools also rely on athletic programs to fund major projects and as a steady revenue source. This paper traces the historical roots of collegiate athletics dating back to the colonial period. It will explore how collegiate athletic programs began and how the colleges embraced athletics through the 19th and 20th centuries leading to our vision of modern day collegiate athletics. The focus will include the early appearance of college intramurals in institutions such as Harvard and Yale; explore the formation of athletics departments and the NCAA; and trace the value added to the college experience.

Keywords: Higher Education, Athletics, NCAA, Historical Context

Suggested Citation

McCann, Erin Jennifer, Transforming Academia: Historical Context and Evolution of College Athletics (March 15, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1805988

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