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March $ Madness, 2013: The Exploitation of the Black Athlete

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The response is no. Less than one percent (1%) of this years March Madness African American players will ever sign a professional contract.

 

In a USA Today Op-Ed Education Secretary Arne Duncan is proposing financial penalties for both coaches and institutions for poor academic performances by their student-athletes. 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2013/03/20/arne-duncan-tom-mcmillen-march-madness-education-coach-salaries/2004835/

 

This proposal is heading in the right direction, but it does not go far enough. 

 

Our proposal is that athletic departments have to be held responsible for the futures of their former student athletes.  These former student athletes have to be prepared to enter the workforce in their chosen field at a rate of 85%.  Otherwise, institutions and their athletic departments (coaches, athletic directors etc) are simply exploiting these athletes for their own gain.

 

 

 

 

 

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