Book review

Review of Fouling in Business and College Athletics

Post by review-specialist » 16 Jun 2021, 09:32[Following is a volunteer review of “Fouling in Business and College Athletics” by Gonzalo Fernandez.]


4 out of 4 stars


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Fouling in Business and College Athletics by Gonzalo Fernández is an expanded edition of its original publication. The author, with his extensive years working at International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) Corporation coupled with being a fan of college sports, made the book the ultimate powerhouse that unravels the fraudulent and unethical practices in both business and college athletics.

Firstly, the book comprises of two parts: part one addresses fouling in business, and part two addresses fouling in college athletics. These two parts leave you to contemplate: Are prison sentences, bankruptcy, and widespread scandals worth the involvement in fraudulent activities? And how flawed and weak human nature can become when money is involved. Well, according to the book, the actions taken by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Dodd-Frank act of 2010, and the Alston vs National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) case in the Supreme Court of the United States of America prove to address those intriguing thoughts.

The book is a masterpiece as it relates to the unfolding and in-depth description of the fraudulent cases and scandals. At one point I felt as if the author’s words were pulling me into the live proceedings and play-out of these events and I had front row seating. Even though the book contains accounting and athletic jargon, the terms are expressed in an understandable way so as to reinforce the essence of the book. Also, the inclusion of short excerpts and well-written citations provides further information in each unraveling matter of fouling.

I did not encounter anything that would trigger dislike of the read because the errors only comprise of a few missing and misplaced letters. Therefore, the editing was of good quality and boosted the overall quality of the book.

For this reason, I rate this book as a 4 out of 4 stars. The read is guaranteed to leave you astonish and well informed of the wrongful activities plaguing the corporate world and the basketball and football sports. Furthermore, the suspense keeps building as the author divulges into deeper revelations of intentional errors in financial reporting, altering of production cut-off time, bribing, and double-dealings. The book is bound to leave you on the edge of your seat as even popular shoe and apparel manufacturers are caught up in the fouling schemes.

In light of the business and athletic aspects of the book, I recommend Fouling in Business and College Athletics to managers, auditors, accountants, lawyers, sports fans, and athletes. Persons who find business and athletics to be uninteresting topics would not enjoy this read because the book is the epitome of such related terms. I must caution you, to start the book is to finish the book because the author captivates your attention on every page.

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