Taylor Branch's new article, "The Shame of College Sports" in The Atlantic's latest issue, is a fascinating exposé about the NCAA, going so far as to call the organization a "cartel," designed to use college athletes freely without paying them or compensating them for injury. The article combines a staggering breadth of reporting with historical information to give an expansive, detailed look at how the NCAA started, what's happened, and where the institution is today.
One of the more shocking quotes, from Dale Brown, the retired longtime basketball coach at LSU: “Look at the money we make off predominantly poor black kids,” Brown once reflected. “We’re the whoremasters.”
Read the full article here.
We all know college sports is a tremendous business here. Taylor Branch's article makes it frighteningly unsavory.