Assessment of Colombo’s Education Argument

Authors

  • Scott Kretchmar Penn State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.2.2.184

Abstract

Recent proposals by John Colombo (2009) have important implications for athletic reform. He recommends using the tax code to effect changes in the way big-time athletic departments operate. One leg of his three-part proposal places an emphasis on the educational value of athletics. Specifically, Colombo identifies broad-based athletic participation as one condition for meeting the letter and spirit of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In this essay, I analyze the two key components of this proposal—the requirements of participation and the nature of educational value. I review current athletic policies and practices and then speculate on changes that might be needed if Colombo’s proposal were adopted.

Author Biography

Scott Kretchmar, Penn State University

The author is a professor of Exercise and Sport Science at Penn State University, State College, PA, and the editor of JIS.

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Published

2009-12-01

How to Cite

Kretchmar, S. (2009). Assessment of Colombo’s Education Argument. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 2(2), 184–201. https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.2.2.184

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A Symposium On Tax-Law And Athletic Reform