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A searing exposé of how the multibillion-dollar college sports empire fails universities, students, and athletes. College sports have never been bigger. Once a roughneck intercollegiate pastime, football now commands millions of fans and generates massive revenues. New York Times investigative reporter Mike McIntire chronicles the rise in the popularity and power of college athletics, revealing deeply troubling relationships between college sports programs, the universities that host them, booster organizations, local police departments, and the courts. Using the Florida State Seminoles, one of the most successful teams in NCAA history, as an example, McIntire details a system that exploits athletes for profit, enables players to violate academic standards and, in some cases, shields them from criminal prosecution.



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Mike McIntire

Mike McIntire is an investigative reporter, author and editor. As a member of the investigative unit at The New York Times, he shared the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on covert Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.

After graduating college in 1985 with a degree in political science, Mike replied to a help-wanted ad for a reporter's position at his hometown weekly newspaper. There, he developed an affinity for the detective work of journalism and the requirements of storytelling that go with it. He's never looked back since.

In a wide-ranging journalism career, Mike has covered New York City Hall, presidential campaigns, political corruption, the cop beat, Wall Street fraud and international terrorism. Along the way, he has garnered a reputation for fearless and thorough reporting on subjects that impact people's lives and hold powerful institutions to account.

In 2015, his investigation, along with colleague Walt Bogdanich, of the mishandling of criminal cases involving athletes at Florida State University was a Pulitzer finalist. He was also a member of the team that won a Pulitzer for coverage of the downfall of Gov. Elliot Spitzer in 2009. Before joining the Times in 2003, he was the investigative editor at The Hartford Courant, where he shared a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting, and was a Pulitzer finalist for investigative reporting on medical malpractice.

Mike has also been a national writer at the Associated Press in New York, and a reporter and editor at several Connecticut newspapers. A graduate of Hartwick College in New York, Mike
teaches investigative reporting at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.



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