Intercollegiate Sports in America, 1900-2021

Spring 2021



[DRAFT of an Online Moodle Course

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department of History
Professor John V. Lombardi
lombardi@umass.edu


Syllabus for the fully online version of Intercollegiate Sports in America through Moodle
Everything you will need to participate in this course is available online through Moodle.

This course is organized in Moodle into thirteen weeks.

Each week has an introductory essay that presents the subject for the week.

It then offers a PDF set of slides that walks us through a visual conversation about the week's topics.

The introductory essay and the PDF set of slides substitute for attendance at an in-person class presentation.

Attendance Discussion Forum

For each week (1-13), there is an Attendance Discussion Forum where we can comment on the information in the PDF slide presentation. These slides and the Attendance Forum serve as a substitute for the in-person class, and everyone should post at least TWO specific comments and observations to the Attendance Discussion Forum.

Reading Discussion Forum

For Weeks 3 through 13, we have in addition an extensive weekly reading list of online materials. Often there are required items. The Reading Discussion Forum provides an opportunity to comment on specific items in the readings. Everyone should post at least THREE comments, each of which should refer to a specific reading. More posts are better.

Reading List

All of the readings are online, most are in PDF files. Because many items are copyrighted, we have a username/password to ensure that only class members can access these materials. The username/password will be posted on Moodle for enrolled students.

When you click on a reading, and enter the username/password, the reading will open in your browser or be saved to your Download directory, depending on your computer.

Class Sessions

Class times are once a week beginning at 4 pm as indicated on Moodle. Each Attendance Discussion Forum and Reading Discussion Forum will open at 4 pm on the first day of each week's class and close at 4 pm on the first day of the next class.

Examinations, quizes, papers, and books

There are NO examinations, NO quizes, NO papers, and NO books or materials to buy.
However, everyone posts every week to the Attendance Discussion Forum and the Reading Discussion Forum on Moodle to demonstrate their engagement with the class and the materials provided.

Notes: This is a draft presentation of an online course offered on Moodle at UMass Amherst for the Spring semester 2021. The complete course is available on Moodle.

This draft with the course information, the week introductions, and the readings are available online at http://jvlone.com/his21/his21/index.html



  1. Week 1--Time and Space--People and Events
    PDF Slide presentation available on Moodle.
    Attendance Discussion Forum available on Moodle.

  2. Week 2--Story and Fact; Generations, Tools and Projects
    PDF Slide presentation available on Moodle.
    Attendance Discussion Forum available on Moodle.

  3. Week 3--Development of College Athletics Organization
    PDF Slide presentation available on Moodle.
    Attendance Discussion Forum available on Moodle
    Reading Week 3
    Reading Discussion Forum available on Moodle.

  4. Week 4--Controlling Intercollegiate Athletics
    PDF Slide presentation available on Moodle.
    Attendance Discussion Forum available on Moodle
    Reading Week 4
    Reading Discussion Forum available on Moodle.

  5. Week 5--Operating the Franchise: Purpose, Function, and Cases
    PDF Slide presentation available on Moodle.
    Attendance Discussion Forum available on Moodle
    Reading Week 5
    Reading Discussion Forum available on Moodle.

  6. Week 6--The Organization and Structure of College Sports Finance
    PDF Slide presentation available on Moodle.
    Attendance Discussion Forum available on Moodle
    Reading Week 6
    Reading Discussion Forum available on Moodle.

  7. Week 7--The Income and Expenses of College Athletics
    PDF Slide presentation available on Moodle>.
    Attendance Discussion Forum available on Moodle
    Reading Week 7
    Reading Discussion Forum available on Moodle.

  8. Week 8--Race and Class
    PDF Slide presentation available on Moodle.
    Attendance Discussion Forum available on Moodle
    Reading Week 8
    Reading Discussion Forum available on Moodle.

  9. Week 9--The Title IX Revolution
    PDF Slide presentation available on Moodle.
    Attendance Discussion Forum available on Moodle
    Reading Week 9
    Reading Discussion Forum available on Moodle.

  10. Week 10--Competition and Equity
    PDF Slide presentation available on Moodle.
    Attendance Discussion Forum available on Moodle
    Reading Week 10
    Reading Discussion Forum available on Moodle.

  11. Week 11--The Culture of Winning and the Amateur Athlete
    PDF Slide presentation available on Moodle.
    Attendance Discussion Forum available on Moodle
    Reading Week 11
    Reading Discussion Forum available on Moodle.

  12. Week 12--College and Sports
    PDF Slide presentation available on Moodle.
    Attendance Discussion Forum available on Moodle
    Reading Week 12
    Reading Discussion Forum available on Moodle.

  13. Week 13--War, Religion, Youth, and the Movies
    PDF Slide presentation available on Moodle.
    Attendance Discussion Forum available on Moodle
    Reading Week 13
    Reading Discussion Forum available on Moodle.

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