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  •  both would assume (5+ / 0-)

    that the players don't have a choice in playing or not.

    each one signs the scholorship agreement every year, stating that they agree to the terms.

    •  No: "Slavery" would imply "no choice" (3+ / 0-)
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      JayBat, ontheleftcoast, SB1

      And probably should be applied only to the African Captivity in the Americas.

      But various kinds of indentured servitude have existed since Medieval times ... entered into voluntarily ... creating a class of Servants and Apprentices ... often abused by Masters -- who were called that well after Slavery itself had been abolished.

      The European Left latched onto the Slavery meme, to describe the condition of serfs, peasants, debt-bound workers and inhabitants of Company Towns.   It was, perhaps presumptuous, arrogant and technically inaccurate for them to do so.  Not much really equaled the American Plantation System for just plain awfulness  -- unless it was the mines and plantations of South America and the Caribbean.

      Now ... whether it is the Student Athletes being exploited for the benefit of corporate sports, or whether it is the University system itself ... I'm not sure.

      But a lot of youngsters get chewed up and spit out so that owners can reap profits.

      But that's ok:
      The next generation of students will start their working lives as debt-slaves and unpaid interns -- AND THEY WILL LOVE IT.    (It beats part time Walmart working.)

      By the time they pay for their schooling, their own kids' education, and their home mortgages ... they MAY be ready to retire in modest "austerity."

      •  entered into voluntarily (0+ / 0-)

        but not being able to leave would be indentured servitude.

        that does not apply to football players.

        •  Good point ... (0+ / 0-)

          They can always go back to where they came from ...

          For some that's even a viable option.

          Hyperbole aside however ... do you think the current system is commercial exploitation of student labor ... or is it more like four years of unpaid internship?

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