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Unpublished Paper
A European Solution to America’s Basketball Problem: Reforming Amateur Basketball in the United States
ExpressO (2014)
  • Jaimie K. McFarlin, Harvard University
  • Joshua Lee, Harvard University
Abstract

The system of amateur and collegiate basketball in America is flawed, as every year, thousands of young men and women pursue their basketball dreams under the shadow of a multi-million dollar, predatory business model. Integral to telling the history of the NCAA and AAU organizations are recruiting horror stories and other examples of young talents who were taken advantage of by unscrupulous actors, both of which continue today. The commercialization and professionalization of amateur basketball has fed an ecosystem of exploitation in which private actors and institutions capitalize on the American mantra of "amateurism." The European system of amateur athletics offers radical solutions to reform the American model of sport to more resemble the sports academies and club-based athletic system found abroad, along with other possible solutions such as the hotly-debated proposition of paying college athletes.

Keywords
  • sports law,
  • international sports law,
  • NCAA,
  • AAU,
  • amateur sports,
  • labor law,
  • reforming amateur basketball,
  • international comparative
Publication Date
August 5, 2014
Citation Information
Jaimie K. McFarlin and Joshua Lee. "A European Solution to America’s Basketball Problem: Reforming Amateur Basketball in the United States" ExpressO (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jaimie_mcfarlin/1/