09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

From 2005 to 2008, expenditures in big-time college sports grew 38 percent – nearly twice as much as spending on academics. Of Louisiana's 11 public universities with “Division One” sports programs, only one operates without support from taxpayers. A new NCAA proposal giving partial autonomy to the larger athletic conferences will likely increase the operating costs of all college sports programs. And two current lawsuits on behalf of student-athletes will consider whether they should be paid.

So, how big a business is college sports in Louisiana? Should student-athletes, who boost financial support to their universities while often risking bodily harm, receive compensation for their efforts and image? And will the recent NCAA ruling further widen the wealth gap between the have’s and the have-not’s of Louisiana’s university athletic programs? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Varsity Inc.: the Business of College Sports. Wednesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD. (Taping date TBD)

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