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Exploitation of Labor in College Football

Title: Exploitation of Labor in College Football: A Comparison of Arguments.
Name(s): O'Dea, Heather, author
Department of History
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2014
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis uses parallels in the theories of amateurism in college athletics and paternalism in slavery to better understand college football as a system of exploitation of labor. To provide the reader with a background of these theories, it begins with in-depth explanations of their developments and various components. This study focuses on the similarities in arguments made by proponents of both theories, and pays particular attention to the idea that these systems of exploitation supposedly benefit those exploited. It compares the argument that college athletics creates for athletes the opportunity to receive a "free education" with the notion of slavery "saving" Africans by introducing them to Christianity. Through analysis of these arguments and the findings of multiple studies that examine the experiences of those exploited, this thesis reveals the inherent logical fallacies of these theories and the impact they have on those that operate under these exploitative systems.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0372 (IID)
Keywords: college athletics, college football, student-athletes, amateurism, paternalism, slavery
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: April 17, 2014.
Subject(s): Antitrust law
Trade regulation
Mass media -- Law and legislation
Sports -- Law and legislation
Labor laws and legislation
Labor -- History
Study and teaching
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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O'Dea, H. (2014). Exploitation of Labor in College Football: A Comparison of Arguments. Retrieved from