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Re: “Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy: Nick Saban, Lebron James and the language of professionalism

Fobi. Very strong analysis. I am pleased to see you on a bigger platform. Please keep up the good work.

I wonder whether the crux of this analysis is not of the differences between labor and management/owners in the college vs. pro environments. but rather the relevant differences are between the sports you analyze.

Football players have notoriously little leverage against their owners, due to the fans nearly wholehearted acceptance of scabs during the pro football strike. this lack of power leads to the nexus of brutality and unguaranteed contracts that make many of us so uncomfortable with football. it also led to the older minimum required age before going pro.

basketball labor, on the other hand, has a lot of leverage over capital, due in to the small number of players required for a team and the uncovered faces of those players which makes them recognizable. due to this leverage, basketball players have bigger contracts and have negotiated more favorable terms for their college brethren (1 year in college which can easily be circumvented in Europe e.g., Brandon Jennings).

the tyrannical basketball college coaches of old (e.g., bob knight) have largely been usurped by player-friendly NBA-focused ones like Calipari.

Again, i agree that there are many injustices in the current system. and that your moral analysis of agent vs. college coach is strong. but I thought i might weigh in to try to problematize the argument further (check my academic jargon).


Posted by 8yearoldsdude on 08/28/2010 at 10:26 AM

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