Charles T. Clotfelter


On his book Big-Time Sports in American Universities

Cover Interview of June 26, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Entertainment in the form of big-time sports is a core function of the university.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The unshakable hold that big-time sports has over the universities where it exists cannot be explained by the benefits that athletic competition brings to the academic mission alone.  Rather, the ingredient that gives big-time sports its remarkable staying power is quite simply support from the top: university trustees or regents want to have competitive teams.”

On the second:

“Our universities are not solely academic institutions. In a real sense, they are in the entertainment business.”