The Underground College Basketball Economy

It’s March Madness! As basketball fever sweeps through the country, Michele and Igor speak with Kevin Merida, senior vice president at ESPN and editor-in-chief of The Undefeated, to discuss the FBI investigation into the NCAA’s alleged illegal payments to student-athletes, the NBA’s consideration to do away with the one-and-done rule, and the role that race might play in determining which professional sports require college experience. Then, Merida gives his take on the experience of black athletes during the Trump administration and the different challenges facing black journalists today as compared with their trailblazing predecessors.

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Michele Jawando is a vice president at the Center for American Progress. Igor Volsky is a vice president at the Center. Sally Tucker is the radio coordinator for Communications at the Center. Rachel Rosen is the senior director of Broadcast Communications at the Center. Kyle Epstein is the senior media coordinator at the Center.