Published: May 4 2023
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 336
Illustrations: 16 b&w tables, 14 figures
PAPERBACK: 978-1-64336-378-3
HARDCOVER: 978-1-64336-377-6

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The NCAA and the Exploitation of College Profit-Athletes

An Amateurism That Never Was

Richard M. Southall, Mark S. Nagel, Ellen J. Staurowsky, Richard T. Karcher, and Joel G. Maxcy





A well-constructed and reasoned debunking of the mythology of amateurism in for-profit NCAA athletics

The NCAA and the Exploitation of College Profit-Athletes provides a comprehensive historical, sociological, legal, financial, and managerial argument for the reclassification of profit-athletes as employees. The authors cut through the institutional doublespeak of approved benefits, cost-of-attendance stipends, or "name, image, likeness" (NIL) collectives and provide evidence that the NCAA's amateurism has been a collusive, exploitative, and racialized "pay for play" scheme that disproportionately affects Black profit-athletes. They offer a forward-thinking structure in which individual labor contracts, or a potential collective bargaining agreement, address profit-athlete compensation and working conditions.

Richard M. Southall is a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, and director of the College Sports Research Institute.

Mark S. Nagel became a faculty member in the department of sport and entertainment management at the University of South Carolina in 2006. He currently also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco and St. Mary's College of California.

Ellen J. Staurowsky is professor, sports media, at the Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College, and adjunct professor in the graduate program at Drexel University.

Richard Karcher is associate professor, health promotion and human performance, and faculty athletics representative at Eastern Michigan University.

Joel Maxcy is professor and department head of sport business at Drexel University.

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