Tell NCAA President Mark Emmert:
End the NCAA exploitation of Black athletes
The NCAA's "amateur status" rules allow the NCAA to generate billions of dollars in revenue off the labor of Black athletes.
Black athletes, who make up just 3 percent of all full-time college students, make-up more than half the athletes of the NCAA's most profitable sports - football and basketball. Even though it’s Black athletes generating the money, white coaches, corporations, agents, school administrators and predominantly white schools reap the rewards and serve as modern-day overseers. The March Madness tournament alone will bring in nearly $1 billion dollars for the NCAA, coaches, schools and corporate sponsors, but not for Black athletes.
Because of the NCAA's strict rules, many student-athletes often go hungry or have difficulty paying rent. And because of the the rigorous demands the NCAA puts on Black athletes to generate revenues - many find it impossible to earn a degree while they play. In fact, Black student-athletes are significantly less likely to graduate than their fellow white student-athletes. Not only are the NCAA's rules denying Black athletes fair compensation, they're robbing players of a chance to get a degree.
It's time for the NCAA to drop its draconian rules that allow for the exploitation of Black student-athletes.
Here is the Petition:
The racial disparities in who is being paid by the NCAA and who is not is deeply problematic, and in the big-money sports environment, where this historical pattern of white profit from Black bodies is apparent, it’s alarming that the NCAA continues to deny the agency and worth of the Black athletes who have built it into a sporting empire. It’s time that the NCAA let athletes financially benefit from their work by dropping the amateurism rules and allowing players to profit off of their own images.