Has the N.C.A.A.’s ‘Student-Athlete’ Fiction Reached Its Logical End?


The N.C.A.A., of course, is not on trial, but it looms as almost a shadow defendant — a multi-billion-dollar enterprise resting on a pool of unpaid, disproportionately African-American labor. The inequities engender cynicism, and N.C.A.A. rules are not followed and not regarded as having any moral authority — not by the players, their families, their youth coaches or by many of the college coaches seeking their services. Evidence presented over the past three weeks has certainly helped drive that point home.

No matter what the jury’s verdict is in the current trial, it has been impossible to follow the proceedings without concluding that the N.C.A.A. model has reached its logical end. College sports must find a way to fairly compensate its work force.

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Godz let’s hope so, pay those kids, or shut the whole thing down…