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About the Movie
The National Collegiate Athletic Association was founded more than a century ago on the worthy principals of protecting and benefiting student athletes. Unfortunately, today’s NCAA falls woefully short of meeting those goals. "The Business of Amateurs" sets out to make the case that the NCAA places the profits of college sports programs nationwide ahead of the best interests of athletes and their families. Documentary filmmaker and former USC lineman Bob DeMars pulls no punches as the film tackles many beats, from the exploitation of the athlete to the prevalence of brain trauma inherent to college football, and systematically points out the hypocrisy and injustices that, in some cases, are life or death issues.
I thought this would be another film about how college athletes should be paid but it's not. It goes so far beyond that and into the lives of student athletes, the inherent conflicts facing universities, and the role the NCAA plays (or should play) in the increasingly lucrative business of college sports.
The Business of Amateurs
This documentary takes a very complex and emotional subject and treats it in a very enlightening way. I came away understanding not only the inherent dangers in sports but also the passion that the athletes display even knowing those dangers. Great for both sports fanatics and non-Sports viewers as well.
This is an unpredecented film showcasing the complexity of college sports. It does not offer glib antidotes like ban sports from schools or simply pay athletes. Told mostly from student-athletes' vantage points, it eloquently weaves together seemingly disparate narratives of health, wellness, academic performance, and economic forces to push auidences to consider how we can make college sports into a more sustainable entity for fans, athletes, and schools.