The Economics, Ethics, and Excesses of the Games We Love

A new book by Charles Clotfelter ’69, Big-Time Sports in American Universities, sparked the annual Duke Magazine Forum, which was part of Reunions Weekend in April. Clotfelter is Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of public policy studies and professor of economics and law at Duke, where he has taught since 1979. Other participants were Alan Fishel J.D. ’86, lead counsel for the Mountain West Conference and Boise State University on issues related to the Bowl Championship Series; Nancy Hogshead-Makar ’86, a prominent advocate of Title IX, professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, and anOlympic medalist in swimming; and Chris Kennedy Ph.D. ’79, deputy director of athletics and part of the Duke Athletics staff since 1977, where he oversees the compliance and academic-support areas as well as coordinating the department’s Title IX efforts. The moderator was James E. Coleman Jr., John S. Bradway Professor of the practice of law, who teaches criminal law, legal ethics, negotiation and mediation, capital punishment, and wrongful conviction.

Professor Hogshead-Makar shares her insight.