“The NCAA is corrupt, we know that.”

This ought to be a fun project that flies under the radar.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is co-producing an HBO Sports documentary on “the exploitative world of high-revenue college sports,” the network announced Monday afternoon.

The film, titled “STUDENT ATHLETE,” will debut Oct. 2 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO, according to a press release. James is listed as an executive producer for the film in association with SpringHill Entertainment, the production company that he founded with longtime friend and business manager Maverick Carter.

At least as long as they don’t film something like a kid kneeling during the National Anthem, anyway.

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37 responses to ““The NCAA is corrupt, we know that.”

  1. Derek

    Certainly screwed over Will Muschamp, Kirby Smart and Mike Bobo.

    Robbed them and left them without any future prospects to make anything of themselves. Now they are nobodys.

    Sad.

    Nick Saban, Urban Meyer same thing. Just used by Kent State and Cincinnati and thrown away. The ncaa should be ashamed participating in a scheme to give out free educations to thousands of kids who want to play college sports with no hope of ever cashing a ck. Please somebody stop them!!

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  2. JCDAWG83

    I guess Lebron will tap into his personal experience as a college athlete being exploited. He may not be the best person to be involved with a project showing how athletes being forced to play college sports to have a chance at being a pro athlete are taken advantage of. His energy and high level of education might be better served by pushing to do away with the absurd rules the NBA and NFL have restricting when a legal age adult is allowed to pursue their chosen career.

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    • Wait… you mean you have to have personal experience as a college athlete to express a valid opinion on the subject? Boy, that just cleared out a whole bunch of folks.

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      • First, funny as hell.

        Second, I’m not “cleared out.” Admittedly, my inclusion is by the skin of my teeth, but I’m in there.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        Now I feel bad for questioning my dentist on a recent visit regarding x-rays and disagreeing with my financial advisor on a particular fund he recommended. I’m not a dentist nor a finance expert, so clearly I was in the wrong and had no business daring to push back on either.

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        • I’m pretty sure that a child of a successful real estate mogul could handle all of those issues and more with a little instinct, gumption, common sense and plain talk.

          Expertise is soooo last year or two….

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      • JCDAWG83

        I see it more as a case of “good for thee but not for me” and a form of limousine liberal outrage. On the other hand, maybe Lebron will use his forum to point out the idiocy of the one and done and 3 years out of high school rules that force athletes to attend college when they have zero desire to continue any kind of school and possess the skills necessary to be a professional football or basketball player. Maybe he can explain why football and men’s basketball are the ONLY sports where there is some form of college team participation rule on when someone can begin their pro career. Of course, he would have to explain why those rules didn’t apply to him.

        LeBron is the poster boy for why the college attendance rules are absurd. I seriously doubt we’ll here anything about that though.

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        • I see it more as a case of “good for thee but not for me” and a form of limousine liberal outrage.

          Maybe that’s because you don’t have any personal experience as a college athlete being exploited.

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        • Lots of leaps there.

          Why wouldn’t he support immediate eligibility? Why would he want to have spent a year at college? Why presume?

          Is it because he said the mean words about poor Trumpy? Is that why you framed it as “limousine LIBERAL outrage?”

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        • ChiliDawg

          *limousine liberal outrage.”

          I’m not sure what that even means (I’m sure it’s a catchy phrase they use at FOX news) but the classification of Lebron James as that is…. interesting. I mean, it’s not the way I’d describe a guy who was born to a 16 year old single working mother in Akron and was essentially given up for adoption because of financial struggles at 9 years old, but what do I know? I’m just a non-limousine liberal.

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          • I think it means “rich guy who doesn’t vote solely to get a tax cut.”

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            • ChiliDawg

              AH, of course. Cynical greed and self-interest as a primary driver for shaping one’s worldview. I’ll update urban dictionary.

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              • Self interest just means you’re a wide-eyed conservative.

                Don’t forget that Winston Churchill quote. I’m several years off schedule btw and hope to remain so.

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                • ChiliDawg

                  Same here, but if we’re being honest, Churchill probably would have felt much differently about “conservatism” as we know it today. After all, history remembers him by fighting back the “conservatives” that were conquering Europe.

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              • ChiliDawg

                not a primary driver that should say

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            • doofusdawg

              Just as long as you get your 40%. You two are turning this place into a deposition.

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          • JCDAWG83

            I’d say it describes a guy who went from poverty to being a millionaire overnight because of his ability without having to play at some college for a year like the current college players are required to do yet he wants to point out how the system he never had to be a part of exploits others. Now, he is going be paid to produce an expose on how horrible the system treats college athletes that are excluded from enjoying the prosperity he enjoyed. He is involved at all only because of the athletic ability that allowed him to make many millions of dollars and bypass college completely. In my mind, “limousine liberal” describes someone who is all for creating new rules and taxes for helping the “little people” while they live in a system that the “little people” have no access to.

            I have no problem with any athlete being paid for playing their sport as long as they are paid by a pro sports team or earn their money on the court or course or field. An athlete who has made tens of millions of dollars without having to play college ball bemoaning the plight of college athletes seems disingenuous to me.

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            • ChiliDawg

              Disingenuous is what I’d call your criticism here. If LeBron were coming out in favor of keeping the status quo, I dare say you wouldn’t have a problem with it.

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              • Debby Balcer

                Yikes Chilli and I agree on something.

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              • doofusdawg

                I dare say we could really care less about what that guy says or thinks. I also heard some actor said fuck Trump. Woohoo.

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                • ChiliDawg

                  If that were true, you all wouldn’t feel the need to get up in arms every time an athlete or celebrity says something you don’t like. Which, as we know, you do.

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            • An athlete who has made tens of millions of dollars without having to play college ball bemoaning the plight of college athletes seems disingenuous to me.

              Does that mean the NCAA isn’t corrupt?

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  3. mwo

    Jordan’s will be better.

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  4. ApalachDawg

    I think it’s great as long as he points out that
    – he didn’t have to be a part of the communist one and done bball or three year fball rules
    – currently CBA approved by the labor union for pro fball and b-ball prohibiting 18-22 year olds from joining their leagues or association

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  5. If a 4 year scholarship is truly a fair trade for playing div I football or basketball and making billions for the folks up the chain, why are people afraid of an open market?

    Surely nothing will change when players realize they are already getting such a great deal, right?

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  6. Wow the vitriol leveled at LeBron for a documentary about a subject that he and his partner Maverick Carter have selected. Perhaps, they could suggest to him another subject for his documentary that will meet with their approval?

    BTW – maybe Maverick decided on the subject and LeBron said hey that is a good idea. I mean Maverick wouldn’t know anything about the subject at all considering he as a Div1 basketball player who eventually left college early.

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  7. 69Dawg

    The fact that both professional unions agree with owners that there be a limit set on the eligibility of someone to even be given a tryout for a job seems a little like restraint of trade but since the unions are involved it’s okay with everybody. The professional league owners and the professional league unions are not exactly in opposition at all on this issue. It kind makes that union contact thing seem more like collusion in restraint of trade than a hammered out union verses company bargaining agreement.
    Maybe the colleges should just let the student-athletes form a union, making sure that corrupt union officials are hired, so the colleges get a sweetheart labor agreement that screws the student-athletes but is okay because a union is involved.

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