By Gilbert M. Gaul
• A Boston Globe top ebook of 2015 •
“A penetrating exam of the way the elite collage soccer courses became ‘giant leisure companies that occurred to perform a little schooling at the side.’”—Mark Kram, the recent York Times
Two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Gilbert M. Gaul deals a riveting and occasionally stunning glance contained in the cash tradition of school soccer and the way it has come to dominate a shocking variety of faculties and universities.
during the last decade university soccer has not just doubled in dimension, yet its elite courses became a $2.5-billion-a-year leisure enterprise, with lavishly paid coaches, profitable tv bargains, and company sponsors wanting to slap their trademarks on every thing from scoreboards to footballs and uniforms. revenue margins one of the best soccer colleges variety from 60% to 75%—results that dwarf these of such high-profile businesses as Apple, fb, and Microsoft—yet because of the help in their football-mad representatives in Congress, groups aren’t required to pay taxes. as a rule, these windfalls will not be handed directly to the colleges themselves, yet circulate without delay again into their athletic departments.
College presidents were unwilling or powerless to prevent a approach that has spawned a wildly profligate infrastructure of coaches, running shoes, advertising experts, and a becoming cadre of bureaucrats whose sole objective is to make sure that gamers stay academically eligible to play. From the collage of Oregon’s lavish $42 million educational middle for athletes to Alabama trainer Nick Saban’s $7 million paycheck—ten occasions what the varsity will pay its president, and 70 instances what a full-time professor there earns—Gaul examines extensive the extreme monetary version that helps university soccer and the influence it has had not just on different athletic courses yet on educational ones as well.
What are the implications whilst collage soccer coaches are the top paid public staff in over part the states in an economically kingdom, or while soccer gamers at a few faculties obtain ten occasions the volume of scholarship awards that academically proficient scholars do? Billion-Dollar Ball considers those and plenty of different matters in a compelling account of ways an astonishingly filthy rich activities franchise has began to reframe campus values and deform the elemental educational venture of our universities.