Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Legal Studies

Reader 1

Mark Golub

Reader 2

Seth Lobis


The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), continues to rise up as the most dominant sports organization in the world, offering young student athletes the opportunity to attend prestigious universities while pursuing their passion in athletics. However, the motives of the NCAA in providing these opportunities are criticized as racially targeting and exploiting athletically high-achieving DI black male basketball and football players to maintain the financial strength of the organization. In doing so, the NCAA devalues these players’ education, which consequently continues implemented and institutionalized structures of racism in the athletic sphere. This thesis examines the relationship of race to the exploitations of NCAA on men’s college DI basketball and football teams who generate the majority of the NCAA’s revenue. The effects of these exploitations are examined on both an individual and structural level through a political, legal, and sociological lens. This paper also critically analyzes solutions offered by various scholars to discontinue the cycle of exploitation and debate whether the solutions would have consequences that hinder their effectiveness in reaching justice.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.