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#269747 - 04/08/14 01:57 PM UConn's Napier: 'We do have hungry nights'
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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
The Connecticut Mirror
April 7, 2014

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Shabazz Napier, point guard for The University of Connecticut's men's basketball team, recently told reporters he understands why athletes at Northwestern need a union, as he sometimes has to go to bed "starving" because he cannot afford food.

"We as student athletes get utilized for what we do so well. We are definitely blessed to get a scholarship to our universities, but at the end of the day, that doesn't cover everything. We do have hungry nights that we don't have enough money to get food and sometimes money is needed," the senior told reporters. "I think, you know, Northwestern has an idea, and we'll see where it goes."

The National Labor Relations Board ruled last month that the football players at Northwestern, a private college, have the right to form the first labor union in college sports.

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#269750 - 04/08/14 02:56 PM Re: UConn's Napier: 'We do have hungry nights' [Re: Golem]
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My husband went to college on a student-athlete scholarship to play basketball. It was a small private school. The scholarship paid for his tuition, books, dorm room and a chit for the school cafeteria, which he could go to any time that it was open(usually 6:00 am-12:00 am, seven days a week. He was required to keep at least a 2.0 average to keep the scholarship, and to be a resident assistant every other semester. He worked during the summer to earn money for clothing, gas and insurance. And his grades were good enough(3.5 or better) that he was able to graduate with a degree in business and finance in 3 years. I wish that other schools did this.
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#269753 - 04/08/14 03:31 PM Re: UConn's Napier: 'We do have hungry nights' [Re: Golem]
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I am really torn on this issue

On one hand I think it is important to defend amateur sports at the collegiate level.
and the whole unionization thing seems to start us down very slippery slope

On the other hand it seems to me that big time University sports programs are already well down that slippery slope. And the only ones holding up a Figleaf of decency on the whole charade are the athletes. Top level university sporting programs that are big money commercial enterprises for everyone except the athletes and the athletes are treated. In what ever means is expedient to maintain the enormously successful enterprise while simultaneously maintaining the pretense of amateur athletics

it is amateur athletics in the same way that TV wrestling is real wrestling as opposed to a artfully created entertainment product

Of course there are a few actual students in these university programs. But mostly they seem to me to be the minor leagues of pro sports. Most of the players are angling to try to get a pro sports career. Some of them do. Many others are simply cannon fodder in the whole enterprise.

If you happen to get a pro sports career out of the deal I guess it's a good thing. And I suppose a few actual students benefit from scholarships. But mostly in my opinion it is just a big business. And it is a business that does not care very much about its employees whom it mostly treats as disposable


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#269755 - 04/08/14 04:17 PM Re: UConn's Napier: 'We do have hungry nights' [Re: Ardy]
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Ardy~For the reasons that you stated in the above post, I am leaning towards some kind of unionization for college athletes. My husband knew he was not of the caliber for a pro sports career, but he did look at his scholarship as an opportunity to a better life. It has served us well over the last 33 years.
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