Ethical Issues In High School Sports

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In 2016, there are a plethora of challenges facing professional, college, and high school athletic departments. According to Howard and Crompton (2014) the recession of 2007-2009 had a substantial impact on the sports industry across all levels. Professional sports are challenged with providing affordable tickets to games as “total attendance dropped for three of the four major leagues from 2007 to 2011” (p. 9). The “overall financial state of intercollegiate athletics is grim” as collegiate athletic departments struggle to control soaring cost (p. 55). High school sports are also struggling financially as they attempt to maintain deteriorating facilities, remain observant to Title IX spending requirements, and provide the needed resources, …show more content…

According to Hosick (2014), “Due to Penn State University’s significant progress toward ensuring its athletic department functions with integrity, the NCAA… eliminated the schools postseason band… and will return the full complement of football scholarships” (para. 1). Through the efforts of the university to act with integrity, comply with their athletics integrity agreement, and make sound ethical decisions, many of their sanctions were lifted early. This helped them financially, as the football team generated $6 million dollars from their post season bowl game in their first year of eligibility (Carlson, 2015). The department acting with integrity and good ethics has directly led to a substantial income source for the program. All athletic departments should act with integrity and sound morals even if significant financial compensation is not directly correlated to their …show more content…

By acting with integrity and abiding to an ethical standards agreement, sanctions were lifted from the football program which will help the athletic department raise revenues in excess of $6 million per season. Penn State has made men’s ice hockey a profitable sport, joining the likes of football and men’s basketball. To overcome their deficits, Penn State has borrowed $30 million dollars from the Board of Trustees, to be repaid when the department eventually returns to its profitable ways. A positive change in administration, innovative ways to raise revenue, and sound business practices have help the Penn State athletic department overcome their financial

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