Armen Keteyian and Jeff Benedict will discuss the book they co-authored, "The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big Time College Football," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the New Canaan Library. The event is co-sponsored by Elm Street Books and will take place in the Adrian Lamb Room.
College football is on a wave of unprecedented popularity and economic success. Every week, hundreds of thousands of fans enter newly built mega stadiums and tens of millions more watch the action on television. Billions of dollars from television deals flow, pushing up the salaries of top coaches and team budgets. And yet, behind the success and hype of college football, a host of troubling issues exist.
In "The System," investigative journalists Keteyian and Benedict present an exploration of the negatives, as well as the positives; the "student athletes" who essentially toil for no pay and often either don't graduate or leave with damaged bodies; the impact on academia and the hoops jumped through and the half-truths used to entice top players.
Benedict and Keteyian spent two years researching and writing "The System," conducting more than 500 interviews.
Free, but registration is required by visiting newcanaanlibrary.org or calling 203-594-5040.