The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Duke Professor Charles Clotfelter for a reading and signing of his new book, “Big-Time Sports in American Universities.” Charles Clotfelter will be joined by journalists Barry Jacobs and Dan Kane to discuss the challenges that commercialized sports pose for universities.
Why do so many American universities engage in commercial sports competition? Although it has been a feature of American universities for a century or more, big-time sports has little connection with the traditional aims of universities - research, teaching, and service. Drawing on recent scandals on large-scale college campuses and updates on several high-profile court cases, in Big-Time Sports in American Universities, Clotfelter brings clear economic analysis to the variety of problems that sports raise for university and public policy, providing the basis for the continuation of constructive conversations about the value of big-time sports in higher education.
Charles T. Clotfelter is Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics and Law at Duke, where he has taught since 1979. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. His major research interests are in the economics of education, the nonprofit sector, and public finance. The author of Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity (Harvard Univ. Press) and Big-Time Sports in American Universities (Cambridge Univ. Press), as well as the author or co-author of several other books pertaining to higher education and the nonprofit sector, Clotfelter was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2015. An Alabama native, Clotfelter received a B.A. from Duke in history and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard. While at Duke, Clotfelter has served as vice provost for academic policy and planning, vice chancellor, vice provost for academic programs, and associate dean of academic programs at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He has also served as president of the Southern Economic Association.
Barry Jacobs is a freelance journalist and writer, published since 1976 in dozens of newspapers and magazines including the Washington Post and, for 20 years, The New York Times. He is the author of five nonfiction books, 14 annuals on ACC basketball, and numerous nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Jacobs, a New York City native, earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Duke. He is the Executive Director of the Friends of Moorefields, a nonprofit that oversees 70 acres and a 1785 house on the National Register. He served for 20 years on the Orange County Board of Commissioners and is currently working on several novels at the home he shares near Hillsborough with his wife, Robin Jacobs.
Dan Kane has been a staff writer for The News & Observer since 1997. He covered Durham city government, higher education and state government before joining the investigative team in 2009. His work over the past eight years exposed the long-running the academic-athletic scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill involving sham classes, as well as the unwillingness of UNC and NCAA officials to get at the bottom of what happened and why. He grew up on a small dairy farm in Upstate New York and is a 1983 graduate of St. John Fisher College in East Rochester NY. He lives in Durham with his wife, Janet, and son, Jack.