Artists, Athletes, and Governing Boards: Who Plays and Who Wins?


It is time to have a national discussion regarding our investment in football and what its place should be within our educational system.


As football’s popularity and financial influence have increased, the ethos of many institutions has evolved to where the game has become more about the end result of winning than the process of education and learning.


If they are to successfully meet the many challenges of an increasingly competitive and global economic environment, college and university boards need to seriously consider the educational return on investment of their extracurricular programs and restructure their funding accordingly.





About the Author:

John Gerdy is a former all- American basketball player who served as associate commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. He is founder and executive director of Music For Everyone and the author of Ball or Bands: Football vs. Music as an Educational and Community Investment (Archway Publishing, 2014).

Quaver Foundation for Advancing Music Education, Inc.  is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the state of Tennessee working to provide educational programs to the public.


Quaver Foundation for Advancing Music Education, Inc.  is located on historic Music Row in Nashville, TN.



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