Cheers to Wisconsin Badger basketball player Nigel Hayes for standing up for his beliefs about college athletes and their right to be compensated.
Connection: See articles Broke Badger(ESPN) and Good for Nigel Hayes (USA Today)
Agree or disagree with Hayes, but do many people know exactly how much money is being generated by the sports these athletes participate in? Do many understand what type of commitment Div 1 athletes make on a daily basis? Here are a few books that might help shed some light on the world of NCAA athletics.
Indentured, Billion-Dollar Ball and The System explore the money culture of the big ticket sports football and basketball, and how the NCAA treats the athletes who are the stars of the show. These titles not only look at the treatment of college athletes, but also how money has fed the beast of the sport itself- that has in many cases grown more powerful than the actual university it represents!
I know in many high school English classes, the topic of "Should college athletes get paid?" is a staple come research paper time. It would be wise for any teacher/librarian to have a few of the suggested books on hand when students start asking. These are great reads as well for any of us(has-beens/wanna -bees) who spend endless weekends on the couch or at BW3's glued to our favorite college football and basketball games!