Racism, Exploitation, and Worse

Perhaps it is a good thing that the Rutgers men’s basketball team is the worst in the Big East and that the football team is mired in mediocrity. That’s because the evidence mounts that bigtime college sports ruthlessly exploit the players (often minorities), for the benefit of the universities and the (primarily white) boosters. In the News & Tribune, basketball coach Lou Lefevre calls the NCAA the National Conspiracy Against Athletes and, in a recent column, he writes: “There is no other American entity that even approaches the unconstitutional exploitation that occurs with these college athletes.”

At the crux of Lefevre’s upset is the NCAA rule that athletes cannot receive monetary rewards (other than tuition, room, board), whilst successful sports programs — think Notre Dame, Kansas basketball, USC — are awash in riches. Lefevre writes: “This restriction [against pay for athletes] is as discriminatory as not allowing certain races or religions to vote or own property. Nothing can be more un-American than restricting a person’s ability to benefit from the actions of their hard work and ability.”

Read Lefevre’s hard-hitting column.

Then think about how Greg Schiano went from one of the lower-paid coaches in the Big East to the highest-paid state employee in New Jersey.

We hold to our position that Rutgers boosters should stop wearing red to the game and go for white instead.

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3 Responses to Racism, Exploitation, and Worse

  1. bronxboy says:

    Big time college sports isn’t unconstitutional, but it certainly exloits its players for economic gain.

    The athletes, especially in football with its large number of players, engage in professionalized games that generate millions for commercial interests and the “program.” Under the guise of being student athletes, the players are supposed to receive a quality college education instead of pay. For the most part, they never get the schooling.

    They devote the vast majority of their time to their sport and are enrolled in ersatz courses and majors. Even with hollowed out academics, compliant professors and doting tutors, the universities still fail to graduate their players in huge numbers. Of course you can’t educate an unwilling or incapable person, but those individuals wouldn’t have been admitted to a real college in the first place. The NCAA and its Division IA member schools don’t uphold their end of the bargain. In short, they operate a corrupt, exploitative business enterprise that has nothing to do with the purpose of a university.

    The enterprise also has a decidedly racist component. The big time boosters proudly cite athletics as providing a path to college and ultimately to success for the disadvantaged, many of whom are minorities. It’s the wrong message to send to youngsters. It only serves to reinforce the notion that minorities should focus on athletics and not academics even though the surest road to upward mobility begins in the library, not the locker room.

    The NCAA’s Division IA sports machine is arguably the only remaining commercial venture in 21st century America engaging in both the blatant exploitation of workers and the perpetuation of racist stereotypes. It’s quite an amazing endeavor composed of a perverse amalgam of sinfulness. RU should have no part in such a business.

  2. ScarletSteve says:

    I think you have a little too much time on your hands. Aren’t there many more noble causes that you can spend your time working for?? Why are you not using your real name when blogging? Are you too embarrassed that some of your peers may identify you as being an idiot who wastes there time righting about things on the internet that nobody cares about? If you want your name to pop up on a google search, you will have to sign off with your real name, screen names will not get you hits.

  3. Andrew says:

    Where is your real name? If you don’t have the decency to stand behind your comments and have to hide behind a computer screen, nobody will take you seriously.

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