Indentured

Indentured

The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA

Book - 2016
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"In the four years since Joe Nocera asked those questions in a controversial New York Times column, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has come under fire. Fans have begun to realize that the athletes involved in the two biggest college sports, mens basketball and football, are little more than indentured servants. Millions of teenagers accept scholarships to chase their dreams of fame and fortune--at the price of absolute submission to the whims of an organization that puts their interests dead last. For about 5 percent of top-division players, college ends with a golden ticket to the NFL or the NBA. But what about the overwhelming majority who never turn pro? They don't earn a dime from the estimated $13 billion generated annually by college sports--an ocean of cash that enriches schools, conferences, coaches, TV networks, and apparel companies . . . everyone except those who give their blood and sweat to entertain the fans. Indentured tells the dramatic story of a loose-knit group of rebels who decided to fight the hypocrisy of the NCAA, which blathers endlessly about the purity of its 'student-athletes' while exploiting many of them: The ones who get injured and drop out because their scholarships have been revoked. The ones who will neither graduate nor go pro. The ones who live in terror of accidentally violating some obscure rule in the four-hundred-page NCAA rulebook. Joe Nocera and Ben Strauss take us into the inner circle of the NCAA's fiercest enemies. Youll meet, among others . . Sonny Vaccaro, the charismatic sports marketer who convinced Nike to sign Michael Jordan. Disgusted by how the NCAA treated athletes, Vaccaro used his intimate knowledge of its secrets to blow the whistle in a major legal case; Ed O'Bannon, the former UCLA basketball star who realized, years after leaving college, that the NCAA was profiting from a video game using his image. His lawsuit led to an unprecedented antitrust ruling; Ramogi Huma, the founder of the National College Players Association, who dared to think that college players should have the same collective bargaining rights as other Americans; Andy Schwarz, the controversial economist who looked behind the façade of the NCAA and saw it for what it is: a cartel that violates our core values of free enterprise. Indentured reveals how these and other renegades, working sometimes in concert and sometimes alone, are fighting for justice in the bare-knuckles world of college sports. The National Collegiate Athletic Association has come under fire. Fans have begun to realize that the athletes involved in men's basketball and football are little more than indentured servants. The ocean of cash generated by these college sports enriches schools, conferences, coaches, TV networks, and apparel companies-- everyone except those who give their blood and sweat to entertain the fans. Nocera and Strauss tell the dramatic story of a loose-knit group of rebels who decided to fight the hypocrisy of the NCAA."--Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Portfolio, 2016
ISBN: 9781591846321
1591846323
9781101619919
Branch Call Number: 796.043 No
Description: ix, 369 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Strauss, Ben 1986-

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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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