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Product Details

  • Actors: Sam Rockwell, Bob Costas, Arian Foster
  • Directors: Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, Jonathan Paley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EPD3CC6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,861 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

This compelling documentary examines the business of college football and basketball and the NCAA's treatment of its athletes. Based on the controversial article The Shame of College Sports by historian and former football player Taylor Branch, this hard-hitting expose tells a story of how college sports became a billion dollar industry built on dedicated young athletes who are deprived of numerous rights. Weaving interviews, archival and behind-the-scenes footage, the documentary sheds a new light on all college sports programs. Narrated by Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back, Cowboys and Aliens, The Green Mile) and featuring interviews with TV sportscaster Bob Costa, Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster, and other figureheads of American sports. Executive produced by Bobby Valentine.

Customer Reviews

Being a former college athlete, it really hit home for me.
Ian Otae
It discusses the history, and current status, of "student-athletes" within the NCAA structure at major football and basketball colleges in the US.
DrLo
The NCAA makes Billions and there has to be a better way to do this.
Brandy Stasiak

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DrLo on October 16, 2013
Format: DVD
This is an outstanding film, based on an even more outstanding work by Taylor Branch. It discusses the history, and current status, of "student-athletes" within the NCAA structure at major football and basketball colleges in the US. Some reviewers argue that the film calls for paying "amateur" college athletes, but while this idea is voiced, in fact the film simply points out the inequities that exist and calls for starters for doing what can be done without causing too much immediate disruption -- giving "student-athletes" a voice amongst all the other vested interests in the NCAA committee structures.

Before one dismisses the film as biased or unbalanced against the status quo, it should be noted that In his memoirs written in 1995 ("Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Exploiting College Athletes," University of Michigan Press), Walter Byers, the founding executive director and decades-long iron fist behind the NCAA, convincingly argued for some, if not all, of the potential remedies addressed in the film.

Whether or not one agrees with the film's premise that something is wrong with economics behind high-level college sports, the film deserves a look. It provides an interesting historical look at the development of college "amateur" sports, and pulls together various important voices on all sides of the issue. Sadly, the NCAA leadership did not wish to include itself amongst these voices.

I will leave my comments brief, and note that one can easily find any number of on-line reviews published by many of the leading newspapers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Big Poppa on December 22, 2013
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A edgy look at the truth of college sports and universities desire for your dollar. Player's are viewed as commodities and are thrown away if they don't follow the plan set forth by the university. This documentary should be shown to every person who has an interest in college athletics. I think you will look at your local university differently.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt O on January 23, 2014
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This film begins to unravel the racket that is collegiate sports in the US. Could do with a few more ex NCAA player interviews but its a great start on whats should be a series into their corrupt behavior.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben Lambert on January 21, 2014
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Takes you into the real world of scholarship players. These players should get paid with these corporations aka higher learning institutions are making so much money off their names and likenesses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TC on January 17, 2014
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I enjoy documentaries such as this one; informative, interesting, and put together well.

The arguments it makes are excellent and it is definitely pushing an agenda that some may disagree with, however, there is only one compelling argument against the one being made and that is Title 9. This goes to the point of the documentary that rules can be changed by those who are making it though.

The interviews, sound clips and historical background are all to the benefit of the viewer and the points being made. The only negative I would note is that some background knowledge is necessary to understand fully but not necessary understand the problems.
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I don't feel sorry for students who choose to play sports and get a free education, free housing, free books etc. when you consider the cost of these things, they are well paid for rarely finishing college. If they are to be paid at all, then pay them as student workers with the same limits on work times and pay as other student workers who don't get the massive perks and leeway that football players get. Playing football is a choice. It's also a choice that is closed to women and others. They may have come from disadvantaged backgrounds, but a free education and the connections and prestige that come with playing college level athletics are just the beginning of the good that comes from their hardwork and dedication. I do think the athletics department takes advantage and makes ridiculous money on the backs of these students. The athletics department doesn't even contribute to the actual university and often is considered a separate entity. This doesn't justify giving these students even more of a free ride when we have academic students working multiple jobs and eating only what is handed out for free at local grocers just to get by. The universities should demand a cut of the proceeds (or a greater cut in the few cases where they receive a pittance from the AD) and cap salaries for these ridiculous blowhards that do not contribute to higher education. Btw, I've met nick Saban and his family and they are incredibly nice people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lois Vick on June 4, 2014
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I'm not a big sports fan personally, but I found myself getting angry at the injustice of the whole system - young adults being exploited and used for what? a college education some of them can't even use because their degree is so obscure it would never be useful! Not to mention a lot of these young adults enter college when they can barely read or write their names! College is about a minimum level of academics and going higher in your understanding of a subject - not handing out degrees just to play on a team. It's a must see - this documentary!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on May 12, 2014
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I love stuff that educates me and entertains me.In this instance, however it also infuriated me-but in a good way
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