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Student-athlete compensation in focus at Supreme Court

Apr 1, 2021
Meanwhile, March Madness, the NCAA's most profitable event, is in full swing.
Aari McDonald (left) and head coach Adia Barnes of the Arizona Wildcats are showered with confetti after beating the Indiana Hoosiers and advancing to the Final Four of the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament.
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What basketball can teach us about economic mobility

Mar 11, 2021
Ambitions to go pro are often "a metaphor for the elusiveness of the American dream," says "Hoop Dreams" director Steve James.
Success stories for Black athletes "can sometimes hide the fact that for the great majority of people in these communities, the hurdles are so huge that it makes it hard to succeed," "Hoop Dreams" director Steve James says.
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A conversation with "Hoop Dreams" basketball star, 3 decades later

Mar 11, 2021
William Gates, star of the 1994 documentary, on the economic challenges college athletes face today.
"Hoop Dreams" documents over five years the lives of two high school basketball players from families struggling economically in Chicago as they work toward pro careers.
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College athletics departments cut pay, staff and teams because of COVID

Oct 19, 2020
Colleges in Texas are losing income with postponed games and crowds at lower capacities.
All in all, the University of Texas has cut about 6% from its sports programs.
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With some college sports on hold, an opportunity for esports to thrive

Sep 15, 2020
Schools are trying to get esports programs started during the pandemic.
A student plays at a League of Legends College Championship match in 2017.
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When collegiate sports are sidelined, schools and local economies take a hit

Aug 4, 2020
Competitive athletic programs are vital to collegiate economics, one expert says. Local businesses depend on them, too.
The Virginia Cavaliers celebrate their victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the 2019 NCAA championship. The men's basketball tournament is the financial engine that drives the NCAA.
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What you need to know about the NCAA and paying student athletes

Nov 13, 2019
This week on "Make Me Smart," we're talking about a longtime controversy that's starting to boil over. Here's a refresher.
The Virginia Cavaliers celebrate with the trophy after their 85-77 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the 2019 NCAA men's Final Four National Championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 08, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Adidas executive charged in NCAA bribe scheme

Sep 26, 2017
Federal prosecutors have announced charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball, including against four coaches.
The 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in Jacksonville, Florida.
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March Madness at work: the cost of lost productivity

Mar 3, 2017
What's bad for business is good for morale.
Ryan Spangler, #00 of the Oklahoma Sooners, and Daniel Ochefu, #23 of the Villanova Wildcats, battle for the ball during the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal in Houston.
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Softball has some unlikely origins and an uncertain future

Jun 21, 2016
Women who play competitive sports today have fewer opportunities to make it a career
Jennie Finch at the 2015 MLB All-Star Legends And Celebrity Softball Game at Great American Ball Park on July 12, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.