Possessives and Attributives

Q. I have a sports-related question resulting from a recent conversation with a friend during a baseball game. I maintain that the proper term for that administrative unit overseeing sports at a college or university should be “Athletics Department,” but my friend contended that it is “Athletic Department.” Who’s right?

A. You can spell it either way, but unless your department is particularly buff, “Athletics Department” makes more sense to me.