New Book Looks At Commercialism In College Sports
03/15/12 7:18AM By Mitch Wertlieb, Melody Bodette
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March Madness tips off in earnest today and with it, a national celebration of bracketology. Hardcore College basketball fans, and even folks who might mistake the Pac-12 for a political action committee, will all take a shot at picking the national champion in scores of office pools and on-line bracket sheets.
It's fun, but it's also big business. The corrupting influence of commercialism in college sports is one of the subjects Brian Porto confronts in his new book "The Supreme Court and the NCAA: The Case for Less Commercialism and More Due Process in College Sports."
Brian Porto is an Associate Professor at Vermont Law School. Porto tells VPR's Mitch Wertlieb that many of the scandals surrounding college sports can be traced back to 2 major decisions made by the nation's highest court.
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