HBO 'Real Sports' Features Funding Issues In Eastern Michigan University Athletics


HBO's series "Real Sports," made a buzz last week, after showing its trailer for an episode shown on Tuesday at 10 p.m.  A mother of two and an Eastern Michigan University student learns how much a basketball coach in her university earns.

After watching the trailer, Kelly Adams instantly reacted, "Forget my degree, I'm going to school be a basketball coach."

The trailer shows a chase in spending on University sports seems to have a great race of Eastern. The short clip also engaged some sound bites from Howard Bunsis, a university instructor at Eastern Michigan University, who is concern of the expenses.

Bunsis explained,  "We are chasing that money in an athletic arms race we can't win. We are throwing money down the drain." The university has a sport department which spends $33.9 million based on the collected data and published by USA Today last week. Then, 80 percent of that amount comes from support from sponsors, which is over $27 million, Mlive reported.

The University's sports subsidy is being criticized for having overdue complains at least a part of that amount would be better put on students and academic of other departments.  The sports department of Eastern Michigan University explained their expenses, Detroit Free Press reported:

"The talks on the responsibility and costs of inter-college sports are very important. It occurs in campuses all over the country, specifically here at Eastern Michigan University." The university authorities and the Board are fully working on this discussion and helps staff, faculty and students who are engaged in the talks and who are concerned about these issues. The top priorities of the university are student support and academics resulting to an excellent academic learning, experience, commencement and successful careers.  Most of the funds are allocated according to priorities,

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