Zirin nails it: NCAA as “Poster Boy for Corruption and Exploitation.”


Couldn’t have said it better myself, although heaven knows, I’ve tried. Call me a Marxist if you wish, but when players generate billions in revenue for others while receiving farthings in return value, it’s simply a farce.

Go get ’em, Dave.

The NCAA: Poster Boy for Corruption and Exploitation, by Dave Zirin (The Nation)

It’s time for that period of breathless college-hoops hysteria known as March Madness. It’s time for bracketology, Final Four predictions, office pools and the gambling of billions of dollars, legal and illegal. What will go largely unnoted is the fact that kids, ranging in age from 18 to 22 and branded with corporate logos, are producing this tidal wave of revenue—and they’re not receiving a dime of it.

Welcome to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the twenty-first century, about as corrupt and mangled an institution as exists in the United States.