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Indentured: The Inside Story of the…

Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA

by Joe Nocera

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Major college sports, mainly basketball and football in six conferences, are big business. The television contract for March Madness (the annual college basketball tournament) is in the tens of billions, coaches make millions, profits on basketball and football average about $20 million per school and the schools hawk merchandise emblazoned with sports logos and jerseys of star players (sans name by regulation but easily identified by number). None of this largess goes to the players, many black and from poor backgrounds, who actually fuel this engine. Sure the players get scholarships, but the scholarships do not cover the full cost of going to school and they can be revoked annually. As for the education, the time demands of their sport prevent athletes from taking many courses and they are funneled into courses of dubious or no educational value. Presiding over this landscape is the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association).

Indentured pulls back the curtain from the hypocrisy of the NCAA. This well-researched, well-written book describes the battle to wrest control of major college sports from the NCAA, free players from mind-baffling regulations that purport to preserve amateurism and the concept of the student-athlete, and create a system that is more fair and realistic. The book will be fascinating read for any casual or dedicated fan of college sports. ( )
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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.… (more)

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