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A series of events over the last 18 months—some unforeseeable—have created a perfect storm that will change college sports forever. The NCAA's bait an…
Oct 2nd, 2021 | 59:48

64: The NCAA’s War on Revenue-Producing Men’s Basketball Players

The entire NCAA bureaucracy, notably its infractions and enforcement processes, is funded by the Division I men’s basketball tournament (March Madness). An elite core of black basketball players is the lifeblood of the tournament. Without these world-class athletes, March Madness would have little commercial value. The NCAA takes billions of dollars generated by these black athletes and diverts it to downstream stakeholder-beneficiaries who are overwhelmingly white and comparatively well-off. This episode analyzes the true value of these high-value men’s basketball players and highlights the unconscionable, regressive diversion of wealth upon which the entire college sports business model rests. These are the very athletes that are now in the crosshairs of the NCAA infractions and enforcement process.