Indentured

Indentured

The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA

Book - 2016
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For more than half a century, the NCAA has been one of the most powerful institutions in America, acting to prevent college athletes from receiving any money from their labours while enriching everyone else involved in college sports. In 2000 a few brave individuals took on this cartel, and paved the way for others to do the same. This is the story of a small band of renegades who, against all odds, took on the NCAA, nearly bringing it to its knees, and exposing its tyranny to a new wave of challengers.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Portfolio/Penguin,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781591846321
1591846323
Branch Call Number: 796.0430 Nocera 02/2016
Characteristics: ix, 369 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Strauss, Ben

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Mar 05, 2016

The NCAA and its member school make BILLIONS off fans, merchandise sales, corporate endorsements ... and yet the "student athletes" in the 24 sports governed by so-called "amateurism" get nothing. They're not just indentured servants, but slaves. This book tells the story about how some of those athletes and some creative lawyers decided to fight back. While the focus is mainly on football and men's basketball, no sport is spared criticism; indeed Included in the book are a number of case studies where students were disqualified from competing for minor violations of the huge 400 page "rule" book, such as a school paying for an athlete to attend one of his parent's funeral. The rules are so ridiculous that it leads to the fact that parents have to pay their own ride to a championship game when it should be the schools bringing in the biggest fans (but they can't - it would count as income for the athletes, you see!). Think twice the next time you want to watch the BCS or March Madness - or even the "Frozen Four" in hockey.

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