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Schooled: The Price of College Sports

Sam Rockwell , Bob Costas , Ross Finkel , Trevor Martin    Unrated   DVD

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This compelling documentary examines the business of college football and basketball and the NCAA's treatment of its athletes. Based on the controversial article The Shame of College Sports by historian and former football player Taylor Branch, this hard-hitting expose tells a story of how college sports became a billion dollar industry built on dedicated young athletes who are deprived of numerous rights. Weaving interviews, archival and behind-the-scenes footage, the documentary sheds a new light on all college sports programs. Narrated by Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back, Cowboys and Aliens, The Green Mile) and featuring interviews with TV sportscaster Bob Costa, Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster, and other figureheads of American sports. Executive produced by Bobby Valentine.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The basis for an intelligent discussion Oct. 16 2013
By DrLo - Published on Amazon.com
This is an outstanding film, based on an even more outstanding work by Taylor Branch. It discusses the history, and current status, of "student-athletes" within the NCAA structure at major football and basketball colleges in the US. Some reviewers argue that the film calls for paying "amateur" college athletes, but while this idea is voiced, in fact the film simply points out the inequities that exist and calls for starters for doing what can be done without causing too much immediate disruption -- giving "student-athletes" a voice amongst all the other vested interests in the NCAA committee structures.

Before one dismisses the film as biased or unbalanced against the status quo, it should be noted that In his memoirs written in 1995 ("Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Exploiting College Athletes," University of Michigan Press), Walter Byers, the founding executive director and decades-long iron fist behind the NCAA, convincingly argued for some, if not all, of the potential remedies addressed in the film.

Whether or not one agrees with the film's premise that something is wrong with economics behind high-level college sports, the film deserves a look. It provides an interesting historical look at the development of college "amateur" sports, and pulls together various important voices on all sides of the issue. Sadly, the NCAA leadership did not wish to include itself amongst these voices.

I will leave my comments brief, and note that one can easily find any number of on-line reviews published by many of the leading newspapers.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 37 non profit bowls on the backs of "athlete students" Dec 22 2013
By Big Poppa - Published on Amazon.com
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A edgy look at the truth of college sports and universities desire for your dollar. Player's are viewed as commodities and are thrown away if they don't follow the plan set forth by the university. This documentary should be shown to every person who has an interest in college athletics. I think you will look at your local university differently.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great perspective into the world of College Sports Jan. 23 2014
By Matt O - Published on Amazon.com
This film begins to unravel the racket that is collegiate sports in the US. Could do with a few more ex NCAA player interviews but its a great start on whats should be a series into their corrupt behavior.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good insights Jan. 21 2014
By Ben Lambert - Published on Amazon.com
Takes you into the real world of scholarship players. These players should get paid with these corporations aka higher learning institutions are making so much money off their names and likenesses.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Doc Jan. 17 2014
By TC - Published on Amazon.com
I enjoy documentaries such as this one; informative, interesting, and put together well.

The arguments it makes are excellent and it is definitely pushing an agenda that some may disagree with, however, there is only one compelling argument against the one being made and that is Title 9. This goes to the point of the documentary that rules can be changed by those who are making it though.

The interviews, sound clips and historical background are all to the benefit of the viewer and the points being made. The only negative I would note is that some background knowledge is necessary to understand fully but not necessary understand the problems.

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