What they are saying; A look at the Impact of College Athletics on Their Universities

This is an essay from my English 101 class at Washington State University; the formatting is a little off because of the transition from Blogger to WordPress.

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College athletics have become a topic of debate recently. Athletic Departments at universities around the country are spending tens of millions of dollars to upgrade athletic facilities. Meanwhile university presidents and deans have to make tough budget decisions as state government cut millions from the universities general funds.  The rampant debate about college athletics has actually been going on for quite some time (there are some articles, from papers of ill repute, from the 60’s). Many researchers have undertaken studies to figure out of college athletics are worth the cost. These studies have delved into the positive and negative impacts college athletics have on their universities.

             There are multiple positive impacts that college athletics have on their host universities, one of these positive impacts is branding. Branding is important to colleges because it can help separate themselves from similar institutions. The universities use “their brand” to help draw in…

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