Thursday, April 11, 2013

Scandal U.

The Sports Economist is a blog that covers sports and sports-related issues through the lens of economic analysis.  The result of such an approach is often a very creative, interesting, and uncommon perspective that helps the reader gain greater insight and depth of understanding.  Though the economists that run the blog don't post frequently, when they do, it's usually very much worth reading.  Such is the case with the most recent TSE post that came out today.  In it, Western Kentucky University economics professor Brian Goff muses on the recent Rutgers basketball coach-athletic director scandal and argues that writing it off to bad guys doing bad things is not a satisfactory explanation.  For Goff, it's the very nature of the collegiate sports organizational structure that is the source of the seemingly endless parade of college scandals.  Hear Goff:
Some writers have pondered how Rutgers’ Athletic Director and President could have fallen down the same hole with the PSU scandal so fresh. The head scratching takes a very narrow view.  The problem is, fundamentally, not one of university officials who are unaware or without ethical standards (although one wonders at times).  Its endemic –  flowing out of the very fabric of college sports and the incentives supplied by its organizational architecture. 
It's an interesting, informative article and can be found here.