How The Myth Of The NCAA "Student-Athlete" Was Born

Excerpted from Taylor Branch's The Cartel: Inside the Rise and Imminent Fall of the NCAA, published by Byliner and newly relevant today as Northwestern football players seeking to unionize argue before the National Labor Relations Board that they are employees of the school. Byliner has unlocked The Cartel for the day… » 2/20/14 1:35pm 2/20/14 1:35pm

UNC Academic Scandal Continues, Reportedly Tolerated Cheating

While the actual "student-athlete" may have died a long time ago, the conceit somehow lives on. As college athletics has grown in popularity and profitability, the NCAA quietly killed the student-athlete and replaced him with an evil twin brother. It used to be a ringer was a guy who had no connection to a team, he… » 11/18/12 10:07am 11/18/12 10:07am