Dr. Allen Sack

"Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Question: Why a Congressional Hearing is Necessary to Reform Big-Time College Sports"
Thursday, September 27th at 2:00 p.m. in the Marvin K. Peterson Library, upper level


The major purpose of the NCAA is to maintain college athletes as an integral part of the student body and to retain a clear line of demarcation between collegiate and professional sport. Professor Sack will briefly review how college sport at some schools has been transformed into "unrelated business" that falls far short of accomplishing the NCAA' stated purpose and mission. He will also explain why a Congressional Hearing is the only way to bring this run-away enterprise back into line with the core values of higher education.

Biographical Information

Dr. Sack earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Pennsylvania State University in 1974 and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1967 where he played on Ara Parseghian’s 1966 National Championship football team. Dr. Sack began his teaching career in the sociology department at the University of New Haven and later moved to the School of Business as a Professor of Management. He is currently President of the Drake Group, whose mission is to defend academic integrity in college sports, especially during a period of unprecedented commercialism.


He has published more than 30 journal articles and two books on topics ranging from soccer and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, to sport marketing and the role of sport in economic development. He has presented papers at countless scholarly conferences.


As a public intellectual, Dr. Sack has written over 30 guest columns and op-ed articles for news papers such as the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Daily News, The Indianapolis Star, The Hartford Courant, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Education. He has made appearances on shows like Good Morning America, The MacNeil/ Lehrer Report, CNN, The Big Ten Net Work, ESPN Classic, Outside the Lines, and on over one hundred radio networks.


Dr. Allen Sack's web page.

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