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The picture of this disadvantage is dramatic. Based on 2007 - 2010 data from the 76 institutional members of the six largest athletic conferences, black men were 2.8% of full-time undergraduate students but 57.1% of football teams and 64.3% of basketball teams. 50.2% of black male athletes graduated within six years, compared to 66.9% of student-athletes overall, 72.8% of undergraduate students, and 55.5% of black undergraduate men overall.
We should just do an open thread on the topic of the big-time college sports industry.
I think whites and Hispanics need to sue for discrimination based on the disparate impact doctrine. As the numbers clearly demonstrate, black men are over-represented on the football and basketball teams, platforms which afford them the opportunity to obtain lucrative professional contracts. The university athletic teams are obviously discriminating against whites and Hispanics based solely on race and thus denying them the same opportunities as blacks.
Baseball maintains an entire hierarchical farm system extant of college, either in competition with, or complementing it. It's about time professional sports in general do the same. Either by funding college programs and releasing funds from college support of sports to actual education (which is their core function, not providing football and basketball with de facto athletes-in-training), or provide an alternative venue for such farming activities, freeing scholarship money for students there to learn, not to get a hand-up to the pros. Let's remember, college is for education for a lifetime, not the lifetime of a short-lived sports pro.
Big Time college sports are nearing an inflection point. Well, several inflection points. Rights fees are out of control, in some cases growing close to 20% a year (depending on sport and/or conference).
Advertising revenues are not growing this fast. It's causing a massive disruption in the market.
However, there is a small window which will keep this situation on an upward spiral. This window has to do with the desire of Fox/NBC Comcast to compete with ESPN - and therefore driving rights fees up. At the same time, the ONLY reason why cable is continuing to show any kind of connectivity to the home (given all the other outlets by which one can receive programming), is because of sports (particularly college sports).
It's an intriguing situation to watch. The recent conference jumps by Maryland, Rutgers, WVU, Syracuse, Pitt and Louisville are all predicated on ever rising rights fees. The only true winner in this scenario is Rutgers, who have gone from being an overlooked second tier sports program to being a Big 10 program which brings the Big 10 to the New York market. The Big 10 now has 2 of the 3 largest markets in the US locked up (Chicago and New York), while the ACC does not have any top 5 cities. The ACC has better programs in their fold, but not better cities.
We shall see how this continues. Sports programmers (NBC/CBS/ESPN) have all recommended NOT to increase or alter current conference alignments. There are costs to their coverage of football and basketball, particularly when it comes to rivalries and planning travel schedules.
Costs, as a result of larger conference maps, will rise. So will the demands for more money. It should be interesting to see when this comes to a head. Theoretically, it already has since the 'benefits' of switching have been few and far between for many schools (I'm not sure Boston College or Virginia Tech are happy with their situations right about now, and I can't tell, but Nebraska can't be loving life either - and West Virginia started hot and cooled off in their new conference).
But we'll see. The money may be there, but I doubt it, very much.
Not that it changes the storyline much, but I love it when journalis...err, education majors try to do math.
The proper baseline is black % of MALE undergraduates NOT total undergraduates (except maybe in the case of Contra Costa College, never know who might show up on their teams). Since most at most of these schools male students represent at best 45% of the total undergrad population, the correct comparison is 6% for Black undergraduate students.
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