Tuesday, November 10, 2015

CFP: College Athletes' Rights & Empowerment: Visioning A New Paradigm of College Sport Conference

Drexel university

College Athletes’ Rights & Empowerment: 
Visioning A New Paradigm of College Sport 
March 24-26, 2016 

Call for Papers


Drexel University's Center for Hospitality and Sport Management is proudly hosting the College Athletes' Rights & Empowerment: Visioning A New Paradigm of College Sport Conference, March 24-26 on Drexel's campus.
Civil rights have been defined as “the rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality.” During the past 20 years, there has been a growing awareness that the practices that are used by the college sport industry to regulate players in the sports of football and basketball (the economic drivers of the industry) often deny them basic civil rights and liberties, impede their ability to access a meaningful education, subject them to harsh treatment and unsafe workplaces, violate anti-trust law, and artificially suppress their value. This conference is designed to bring scholars, journalists, practitioners, and athletes together for the purpose of envisioning a new model of college sport for the 21st century that places the health, well-being, and welfare of college athletes at the center and provides a democratic avenue for athletes to share in the decision making that shapes the rules governing their lives. 

What will such a visioning require? How do efforts to regulate athletes in the sports of football and basketball impact the treatment of athletes throughout the entire college sport system? What would the impact be if some Division I sports evolved into a “club-sport” framework, something that Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon suggested in the fall of 2015 warranted thought and consideration? Is it time for the system of college sport to be restructured away from a one-size-fits all model of regulation to federated structures that account for different sports and their respective markets? How do various constituents respond to the Wall Street Journal’s question of whether college sport needs the NCAA?


(Confirmed as of October 26)
Ed O'Bannon, retired professional basketball player and former power forward for the UCLA Bruin’s men’s basketball team that won the 1995 NCAA national championship. He is the lead plaintiff in O’Bannon v. NCAA.
Ramogi Huma, founder and president of the National College Players Association (NCPA). A former football player at UCLA, he has been on the forefront of college athlete advocacy for the past 15 years.
Joe Nocera, reporter for the New York Times  and/or Ben Strauss, reporter for the New York Times, authors of Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA.

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