"Beer and Circus" is an interesting book. I am not fan of “Big-Time College Sports” but I do not think they are the cause of the problem, but I agree nothing good comes of them. That said the book does give a good view of nasty and dirty places American colleges have become. Sports is only a small part of the problem, the tolerance and even promotion of promiscuity, drunkenness, and drugs are a much worse problem. It is a good book and title “beer and circus” is all too true.
Worse yet, which topic Sperber does not cover, is the student is given two choices marxist indoctrination or going to an orgy; the student that wants a “meaningful education” has little available to them.
Using original research culled from students, faculty and administrators around the country, he proves that many schools, because of their emphasis on research and graduate programs, no longer give a majority of their undergraduates a meaningful education. Instead, they offer a meager and dangerous substitute: the party scene surrounding college sports that Sperber calls “beer and circus,” and which serves to keep the students happy and distracted while the tuition dollars keep rolling in.
Beer and Circus: How Big-Time College Sports Is Crippling Undergraduate Education by Murray Sperber
Murray Sperber:Beer and Circus
Beer and Circus(google books)
Beer and Circus: review by Paul Trout