By Richard Vedder
My Chief Whiz Kid, Matt Denhart, and I have a little article appearing in tomorrow's Wall Street Journal, on, of all things, March Madness. It will be not be on the editorial page, but in the "taste" pages in another section of the paper.
We raise the question about the exploitation of student athletes by adults. Is it right, moral, and ethical, one might ask? Is it really "exploitation"? What are the economics of intercollegiate sports? The little piece Matt and I have coming out only hints at answers to these questions.
Bob Villwock, late of CCAP and now studying great ideas and, I suspect, chasing women in southern France (and running the original Marathon route between Athens, Greece and Marathon), joined Matt in doing a great study of college sports in America, which CCAP will be publishing shortly. They look at some of the great questions posed above, and provide some factual information helpful in assessing the role of intercollegiate sports in America.
So as you watch affordable, exciting and wholesome entertainment over the next couple of weeks in the form of young men running up and down a court and throwing a ball, think of the broader implications of this not only for its participants, but for higher education at large. CCAP will try to help elucidate the issues more clearly for you both tomorrow in the Journal piece and in the forthcoming study.