The (Hidden) Economics of College Sports

The (Hidden) Economics of College Sports

University of Maryland may cut eight varsity teams to balance the budget. Meanwhile Howard University is boosting its spending on sports. What's driving the decisions...

Even before Penn State's abuse scandal hit the headlines, many people were questioning the role MONEY plays in big-time college sports, and its disproportionate impact on University decision-making. While top-tier programs are often expensive to run, and some even operating in the red, Kojo explores the often-misunderstood economics of college athletics, including financially-motivated changes occurring at local schools like University of Maryland and Howard University.


Dave Zirin

Sports Editor, The Nation; Author, "The John Carlos Story" (Haymarket Books) and "Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports" (Haymarket Books)

Jeffrey Orleans

former executive director of the Ivy League; consultant for the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics

Skip Perkins

Athletic Director, Howard University

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