Basketball, USC, Washington Post discussed on Weekend Edition Sunday

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These campuses who are basically invisible in the classrooms but at any given time during any given academic year the most highprofile undergraduate at one of these universities is likely to be a black basketball now or a black football star what did you find out about if these stars are actually getting the education that they've been promised so shaun harper the diversity expert the usc we're just talking about court these numbers and he found that at the power five schools almost half of the black students in these two revenue generating sports are not graduating from college almost be you'll be better off actually being a black male student who was not on one of these teams and that's important because the ncwa and supporters of not paying these athletes of often talk about that a student athletes are more likely to graduate from college and that might be true for some for some students who has not true for black male athletes so why what's what's keeping them from graduating we've talked to a bunch of people who talked about how hard being a student athlete is people are dedicating forty to fifty hours a week officially to athletes to go into practice to training and then after they're done all those things they have to go to class they have to still be students and they're often shuttered into classes that are maybe not the majors they wanna to be because those classes don't align with when they're football and basketball schedules are and so they're not graduating from college and part of that is because the incentive structure is set up for the schools to value them as athl tweets before they students so obviously there is divided opinions about whether or not student athletes should be paid do we know anything about how these opinions breakdown most americans do not want to play student athletes but there is a big racial split sixty percent of white people are opposed to paying student athletes that's according to the washington post and the abc news poll from last fall while a small majority about fifty four percent of african americans want them to be paid have there been any studies looking at why certain groups are responding in certain ways so there was a study done last year by some researchers at the university of massachusetts at amherst looked at whether racial resentment was informing how people answer this question and.

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