Modern Day Plantations: NCAA Basketball Arena
In the United States a controversial topic has sparked outrage for those who don’t understand the parameters of constitutional rights. The collegiate stage is one of the largest stages to witness stars in the making before they reach the pros. The NCAA premier programs made at least 9.1 billion in 2015; however, this does not include the exclusive 8.8 billion dollar deal with CBS for March Madness for the NCAA basketball championship tournament.
According to Shawn King in The Intercept, “that very obvious dynamic undergirds a lawsuit filed by former NCAA athlete Lawrence “Poppy” Livers asserting that scholarship students who play sports are employees and deserve pay. The Livers case argues that student-athletes who get scholarships should at least be paid as work-study students for the time they put in.” The 13th Amendment states as follows:
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction”
Players have been arguing this for some time with no remedies, especially in the African-American sense of things. The NCAA blatantly describes and uses the 13th amendment to apply in the case to show that African-Americans are still slaves working for unpaid wages.