The University Of Mississippi And The Shame Of College Sports, By William W. Berry IIi

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Day-in and day-out college athletes sacrifice their study time and social life just to contribute to the athletic programs they are a part of. The schools offer benefits to their athletes in forms of scholarships and academic help (tutors), but those are only at a small expense compared to the revenue big D1 programs earn during the course of their basketball and football seasons. Lawyers and sports analysts seek to provide a way in which the massive sport’s income can be trickled down to the most deserving of athletes. William W. Berry III’s “Amending Amateurism: Saving Intercollegiate Athletics Through Conference-Athlete Revenue Sharing” written for the Alabama Law Review, and Taylor Branch’s “The Shame of College Sports” issued by The…show more content…
The article speaks logically and ethically with a minute amount of figurative speech scattered in the text which creates a competent scholarly article. From the start of his article, Berry appeals to logos by using a quote from George Bernard Shaw, famous Irish playwright and critic, indicating “Progress is impossible without change” (552). Throughout the rest of the introduction, he gave the reader advantages and disadvantages on the current standing the NCAA has on the compensation of student-athletes. The argument he makes for both sides is sincere, and with every claim given there is a logical reason proceeding it. For example, he explains the current model “compromises the quality and scope” of student-athlete education by correlating it to the clustering of majors, where large quantity of athletes ascribe to the same major (Berry 555). The terminology in the introduction is simple and does not pertain to an audience only focused in law. The author then follows the intro with his first main point of defining amateurism. He defines amateurism figuratively at first as “for the love the game” before using historical context to explain amateurism in England during the nineteenth century (Berry 557, 558). The author illustrates during the next couple of pages the evolution of the official NCAA definition of amateurism from the early twentieth century to the mid-twentieth century. For an article in the field of law, not much jargon

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