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Student Athlete (2018)

TV-PG | | Documentary | 2 October 2018 (USA)
Every year billions of dollars are generated off the backs of an unpaid labor force: college athletes. Student Athlete unveils the exploitative world of high-revenue college sports through ... See full summary »
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Chris Chavannes Chris Chavannes ... Himself - St. Patrick's High School Basketball Coach
Shamar Graves Shamar Graves ... Himself - Former Rutgers Football Tight End
Silas Nacita Silas Nacita ... Himself - Former Baylor Football Player
Nick Richards Nick Richards ... Himself - College Basketball Player
Mike Shaw Mike Shaw ... Himself - Former Bradley Basketball Player
John Shoop John Shoop ... Himself - College Football Offensive Coordinator
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Every year billions of dollars are generated off the backs of an unpaid labor force: college athletes. Student Athlete unveils the exploitative world of high-revenue college sports through the stories of four young men at different stages in their athletic careers. Written by Trish Dalton

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The Real Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of
16 March 2019 | by rebinger-1See all my reviews

This a very disturbing indictment of the values of the NCAA, our vaunted institutions of higher learning and, by extension, our values as a nation as we watch the cynical mining of raw athletic talent in underprivileged, low income communities populated primarily by minorities (in this case African American) using the not-so-subtle carrot and stick of success in professional sports. What young athlete coming from these depressed places doesn't dream of professional sports as a career where it is revealed that 56% and 66% of players in the NFL and NBA are African American? What these young men (primarily) aren't reminded of is that only approximately 3% of undergraduates at any of these institutions are African American and only .003% of players are drafted by professional teams, let alone make the cut. It's made quite clear that their primary purpose in being on campus is to enrich that particular university's profile and bottom line. If the individual's performance is sub-par, is injured or is in violation of one of the NCAA's myriad self-serving rules then the Exit door appears quickly and decisively in favor of the next recruit to fill the slot. It's a shameful waste of the aspirations of youth. These Universities are making millions upon millions of dollars on the backs of these athletes. They hire (recruit, train and play) and fire, or un-subsidize, through injury, sub-par performance or self-serving rule violation at will. They should pay these kids as in any employer/employee enterprise.


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