Saturday, August 10, 2013

Slate's Josh Levin: NCAA Football as Something of a Prison

This particular blog post admittedly does not fit easily and obviously into the "demographics" topic.  Josh Levin's article deals with the economics of NCAA football, namely those who labor without direct conventional monetary compensation, all the while earning millions for the NCAA and its member institutions.

Millions of Americans are excited that the start of the college football season is just around the corner; moreover, millions attend colleges and universities that are member institutions of the NCAA.  Some of those NCAA member schools have multi-million dollar football programs with national profiles.

With that in mind, it seemed appropriate to address the matter of college football and its system of labor.  Slate's Josh Levin provides a provocative column about Texas A&M's Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and the selling of "Johnny Football" autographs.

The column is linked below.

Josh Levin: Prison Economics and NCAA Football

"College football is a lot like prison. It can be relentlessly violent. You need permission from an authority figure to do anything. Everyone eats together in a cafeteria, wears uniforms, and lifts weights all the time. And since nobody’s got any cash, you need to extract value from whatever you can get your hands on."

---Josh Levin, Slate 

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