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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Michael Lewis: “College Sports Is Professional In Every Aspect But One: They Don’t Pay The Labor”

(By Dan Fogarty, SportsGrid) - Last night, PBS’ “Money & March Madness” special aired. There was a lot to take from it, but the main question, of course, is whether or not college athletes should get paid.

The piece centered around a class action lawsuit, with Ed O’Bannon as the lead plaintiff. O’Bannon, of course, was the 1995 player of the year, and led the UCLA Bruins to a national title. Now, he’s a car salesman in Nevada who wonders why his likeness appears in NCAA videogames, and he’s not compensated.

Also interviewed: 'Blind Side' and 'Moneyball' author Michael Lewis, who, in addition to calling “a purely commercial enterprise,” said, “The NCAA is in a fraudulent system, and I’m amazed it hasn’t been challenged more in the courts.”

Here’s some of the piece, courtesy of PBS.


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