Sports Disparity

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In an industry that generates $11 billion in revenue annually, some of the NCAA's star players still can't afford food. (3:20)

TURNING TO THE WORLD OF SPORT --BAD SEGUE.

THIS WEEK SAW MARCH MADNESS DRAWTO A CLOSE WITH CHAMPIONSHIP

WINS FOR BOTH THE UNIVERSITY OFCONNECTICUT MEN'S AND WOMEN'S

BASKETBALL TEAMS.

WOOF -- THEY ARE THE HUSKIES.

LET'S GO RIGHT OUT TO HEAR FROMTHE MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER OF

FINAL FOUR, SHABAZZ NAPIER.

>> WE DO HAVE HUNGRY NIGHTS THATWE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO

GET FOOD. THERE ARE HUNGRYNIGHTS WHERE I'M NOT ABLE TO EAT

AND I STILL HAVE TO PLAY UP TOMY CAPABILITIES.

THERE ARE HUNGRY NIGHTS THAT IGO TO BED AND I'M STARVING.

>> Jon: I'M SORRY, I DON'TUNDERSTAND SURELY YOUR WEALTHY

PARENTS AND OR LOCAL BASKETBALLPATRONS CAN SEND YOU A

LOT OF MONEY SO YOUCAN ORDER FOOD.

HOW COULD A GUY PLAYING ON THEBIGGEST STAGE IN COLLEGE SPORTS

BE GOING HUNGRY.

>> IF YOU COME FROM A LOW INCOMEURBAN ENVIRONMENT THERE'S NO MOM

SEND ME A MEAL CARD.

SEND ME MONEY.

I RAN OUT OF CASH.

THEY HAVE NOTHING TO FALL BACKON THAT'S WHY A LOT OF THESE

GUYS END UP GOING TO BED HUNGRY.

>> Jon: SOME OF THE PLAYERSINTEGRAL TO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO EAT.

BUT I GUESS THAT'S THE PRICE YOUPAY TO BE INVOLVED IN A

STRUGGLING START-UP CHARITYTOURNAMENT LIKE MARCH MADNESS.

>> THE NCAA SIGNING THISLANDMARK 14 YEAR DEAL WITH

TURNER BROADCASTING AND CBSSPORTS. GET THIS.

$10.8 BILLION AGREEMENT.

>> ESTIMATES SUGGEST THE COLLEGESPORTS INDUSTRY GENERATES ON

AVERAGE $11 BILLION IN REVENUEANNUALLY.

>> Jon: OKAY, BUT WAIT, THATIS PRETAX.

[ LAUGHTER ]THAT IS PRETAX.

THAT IS GROSS.

[ LAUGHTER ]IT'S GROSS.

IT'S -- IT'S LIKE, YOU KNOWWHAT, WAIT A MINUTE, I FORGOT,

ACTUALLY IT'S $11 BILLIONBECAUSE ANYWAY THEY ARE A

NONPROFIT. THE NCAAIS A NONPROFIT.

SO $11 BILLION IN I GUESSNOTHING BUT NET WOULD BE THE

PHRASE.

[LAUGHTER]IT SOUNDS LIKE GOING UP AGAINST

A NONPROFIT MONOPOLY LIKE THENCAA WOULD MAKE IT DIFFICULT

FOR ATHLETES TO IMPROVE THEIRCONDITIONS.

IN A GAME CHANGING DECISION ANATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD

FOUND FOOTBALL PLAYERS ATNORTHWESTERN NOW QUALIFY AS

UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES WHICH MEANSTHEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO UNIONIZE.

>> Jon: UNIONS?

[LAUGHTER]SINCE WHEN DO UNIONS BELONG IN

COLLEGE SPORTS?

THEY ARE SOCIALIST AND COMMUNISTCOLLECTIVES.

SPORTS ARE ABOUT PEOPLE COMINGTOGETHER AS A GROUP WORKING

TOWARDS A COMMON GOAL FROM EACHACCORDING TO HIS ABILITY,

PUTTING THE TEAM AHEAD OF THE --OH, MY GOD!

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]WAIT A MINUTE.

HOLD ON A SECOND.

I KNEW THAT PICTURE OF STALINLOOKED FAMILIAR.

HOW DID THE NCAA REACT TO THISDECISION?

>> THE NCAA SAYS IT'SDISAPPOINTED WITH THE RULING

ADDING STUDENTS PLAY FOR THELOVE OF SPORT NOT FOR A SALARY.

>> Jon: YES, THE LOVE OF SPORTMUCH LIKE THE NCAA BROADCASTS

MARCH MADNESS FOR THE LOVE OFTHE SPORT.

NOT FOR A $10.8 BILLION CONTRACTWHICH THEY ALSO LOVE.

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