Recreation and Sport Studies

Studying, Experiencing and Facilitating Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport through Wellness and Physical Activity


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$tudent-athletes, $pectacle & $ustainability: Case study of the NCAA

It is increasingly apprarent that the sustainability of university athletics in the United States is a problem. According to this article, US colleges are spending 7 times more on athletics than academics. This is compounded by questions of how to fund the NCAA as spectacle, most specifically in terms of football and men’s basketball.

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Compounding the economic issue is a philosophical one about the role of athletics within broader mission of higher education, especially if it is a case of:

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Finally, the issues facing the future of the NCAA are relevant to Canadian education institutions and athletes, as we often compare approaches in a variety of inititatives.

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Analysis of New Brunswick Football: Where We Were, Where We Are, And Where We Are Heading

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Tackle football has a complex system in its delivery to the community. The system is comprised of organizations that help in this delivery of the sport from all levels in which athletes play football in. The purpose of this the presentation was to map out the delivery system of football in the province of New Brunswick (NB) by identifying player pathways through football and the governments influence on football through policies. For a summary, the main points of interest will be detailed below. The overarching question is how does the NB football system function and how successful is it at producing athletes?

Football in NB is in an interesting phase in that expansion of the sport has been at large in the last five years. The addition of the new collegiate Atlantic Football League (AFL) has been a great addition to the football delivery system in NB as UNB now hosts two AFL teams. What is more, the AFL has been shown to be a potential site for talent recognition by the CFL, although no one has been officially drafted (Two college athletes have been scouted at Holland College).

Also, NB has been shown to do very poorly in pushing talented athletes to the higher levels of football in the CIS. In 2013, the presence of NB footballers in the CIS throughout Canada was 35 men in total (This is extremely low in comparison to mostly all provinces). The CIS in 2014 had 45 football players from NB; a respectable increase of NB presence around Canada by 10 men. What is more, through analysis, many of these NB football players team roster profiles show a theme that many NB football players have played on the new provincial football team which was introduced in 2012. Perhaps the increased presence of 10 NB football players in the CIS from 2013-2014 is due to the addition of provincial football to the delivery system?

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