Lebron james didn't win the nba finals, but is working on a documentary with hbo about college athletes he will be showing how some colleges exploit the student athletes and how it's a billion dollar industry. Too many athletes go to college believing it's a path to playing their sport professionally, harper said, when less than 2 percent of ncaa basketball and football players go on to play in the nba or nfl. With post-season college football on the horizon and basketball just under way, college sports are now in their prime revenue-raising phase fans and commentators need to look beyond the pompoms. By refusing to grant college athletes the same rights and freedoms it recently allowed graduate student assistants to exercise, the nlrb reinforced the disturbing century-old pattern of treating college players as second-class economic citizens, thereby enabling future exploitation of athletes everywhere. Ex-ncaa stars plan movie about exploiting college athletes have joined former lsu football player abram booty's efforts to make a movie portraying college athlete exploitation in the ncaa.
They work long hours, report to an unusually demanding boss and risk significant bodily harm in bringing glory to their institutions and yet the result of all this is not a paycheck, but a billc. The exploitation of college athletes has been a topic of controversy within american higher education for over half of a century ever since the term student-athlete was coined in the 1950s (sperber, 1999), academics and administrators have debated the extent to which the commercialization of. In college athletics—revenue that is reserved exclusively for the univer- sities themselves 2 while athletes in other sports have their own consid- erable burdens, it is the athlete in the revenue-generating sport who.
A growing number of academics confront the perceived exploitation of african-american male student-athletes the past decade-plus in university of tennessee athletics history is as checkered as the end zones in neyland stadium athletic department successes have been undermined by academic fraud. A growing chorus of doubters is beginning to see through the ncaa's insistence that its athletes are amateurs confetti rained on the university of alabama football team as they stood on the. Unsportsmanlike conduct: the exploitation of black athletes he has also had a front-row seat observing how black athletes and the black community are exploited, enriching others while leaving. As the one person who has been inside college athletics for forty years, walter byers is uniquely qualified to tell the story of the ncaa and today's exploitation of college athletes eisbn: 978--472-12087-1. Last week, the national labor relations board (nlrb) decided to let college football players at northwestern university unionize usually i am not in favor of unions, but clearly something must be.
Whether college athletes are actually being exploited shouldn't even be a question the only question is how we can rectify this problem etan thomas is an nba veteran and the author of. The question of whether college athletes are exploited is regularly debated in the popular press and academic literature about college sports the concept of exploitation, with its philosophical and psychological implications, however, is rarely discussed in detail this paper problematizes and. Nba hall of famer kareem abdul-jabbar wrote about the exploitation of college athletes in an article published in jacobin magazine abdul-jabbar, 67, has been outspoken in his conviction that. The term student-athletes implies that all enrolled students who play college sports are engaged in secondary (extra-curricular) activities that enhance their education their status, the term suggests, is essentially the same as members of the debate team or the band.
College athletes should be paid because the amount of money the colleges make off the athletes and the amount of time the athletes put into their sport these amazing college athletes bring in a lot more tuition if they are good or their team is good. Measuring academic exploitation of college athletes and a suggestion for sharing data stephen k figler california state university, sacramento college athletes are exploited when some aspect of their athletic involvement mitigates. When i was in college, i felt like an indentured servant, exploited and controlled by all the people who were getting rich off my labors and my talent this book is not only a must-read for college athletes and fans, but a call to action.
A new hbo documentary from lebron james called student athlete will shed light on the billion-dollar college basketball industry that doesn't pay players for their play but instead cashes. Unsportsmanlike conduct walter byers is uniquely qualified to tell the story of the ncaa and today's exploitation of college athletes.
The college experience presents many interesting avenues for student- athletes to explore and grow they are able to meet new people, participate in the sports they enjoy playing, and ideally, earn a degree. College athletes earn fewer bachelor's degrees than do students in general, they take longer to do so, their grades are lower, and their curricula are less demanding (adelman. In a recent new yorker article titled why ncaa athletes shouldn't be paid, law professor ekow n yankah provides a concise diagnosis of the problem of economic exploitation in college sports. Recently, the national labor relations board (nlrb) decided to let college football players at northwestern university unionize usually i am not in favor of unions, but clearly something must be.