[Marxism] Fwd: Football on the Corporate Campus | Boston Review

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Nov 10 06:37:39 MST 2015

The ascent of the college athletics business has occurred at a time when 
higher education is increasingly viewed as little more than a means to 
enhance social and economic status. While elite sports programs 
(particularly football and men’s basketball) have created a professional 
culture of athletic specialization and promotion, universities such as 
Stanford and MIT have followed a similar trend in academic research, 
funneling talent and patent licenses into corporations in exchange for 
ample short and long-term rewards. All of this speaks to a 
reconfiguration of the university as an engine for the production of 
profits rather than a safe harbor in which to think and to learn both 
skills and the ethos of democratic participation.


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