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The exploitation of college athletes, particularly athletes in Division I men's basketball and football programs, has been a continuing topic of controversy within America's higher education system for the past half a century. This controversy is accentuated each year by football and basketball championships, when the public's inclination of outright madness is manifested. During these times in particular, journal articles and expositions proliferate, criticizing low graduation rates and the recruitment and commodification of young athletes solely for their athletic talent and potential.

A succession of scandals in recent years have made this corruption of college sports constant headline news. The public expresses outrage each time another story of a student-athlete taking money form under the table comes to surface. Yet, the real scandal is the very structure of college sports, in which student-athletes generate billions of dollars for universities and private companies while earning nothing for themselves.

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