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Ethics in Sports

Tyler Ford


Many modern-day ethical controversies in the world of sport have negative undertones; some have been exemplified in court cases and scandals that have rocked the sports world and shocked the rest of the world. Examples of these ethical issues include sports gambling, performance-enhancing drug use, concussions occurring in contact sports, college recruiting infractions, and sexual harassment in sports organizations. This project highlights the many recent and important, progressive changes improving the overall ethical standing of the sports world. For example, one positive improvement occurring since the turn of the 21st century is concussion protocol and player safety in the NFL. Another example is the extensive investigations by the NCAA that has led to a reduction in unethical recruiting activity. Research-based reasons that unethical behaviors persist, as well as suggestions for reducing them, are included in the presentation.