The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA

Book - 2016
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"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"student-athletes" while exploiting many of them: The ones who get injured and drop out because their scholarships have been revoked.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,"
Publisher: New York, New York :, Portfolio/Penguin,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781591846321
Branch Call Number: 796.043 Nocera 2016
Characteristics: ix, 369 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Strauss, Ben (Journalist),- Author


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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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