9-20-11: Taylor Branch
College sports generates billions of dollars a year. Should corporations and universities be rolling in money while “student-athletes” are paid purely in glory? Baltimorean Taylor Branch doesn’t think so. The award-winning author and civil-rights historian tells Tom Hall what made him write this month’s Atlantic cover story: “The Shame of College Sports.”
Amy Kudwa, managing director of communications for the NCAA, sent Maryland Morning the following statement:
After initially engaging with the NCAA roughly a year ago, Mr. Branch declined to respond to our many attempts to contact him and participate in his reporting. The resulting story attempts to blur history with Mr. Branch’s opinion, and dismisses any other points of view as romanticizing the experience of hundreds of thousands of student-athletes over decades. We regret that we were not afforded the opportunity to take part in informing his coverage of us.
Hear the rest of Tom’s conversation with Taylor Branch, including ESPN’s apparent disinterest in the conversation [28:44]: