NLRB Decision on Northwestern Case: Highlights College Athletic Issues
WHAT: Based on the NLRB decision relating to the Northwestern University case, EPIX will re-air its critically acclaimed documentary “SCHOOLED: THE PRICE OF COLLEGE SPORTS” on Thursday, April 3 at 945 pm EDT, the eve of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Weekend. The film has become even more timely with the recent ruling on college athletes’ ability to unionize and other stories surrounding the potential exploitation of the rights of college athletes by NCAA member institutions. A special added clip featuring Ramogi Huma, the Founder of the National College Players Association, can be seen here:
The EPIX Original Documentary, which premiered in October 2013, examines the provocative issues surrounding the business of college sports and the NCAA’s treatment of its athletes. Pulitzer Prize winning civil rights scholar, Taylor Branch, bases the exposé on a controversial 2011 article that ran in The Atlantic “The Shame of College Sports”. Narrated by actor Sam Rockwell, the documentary weaves interviews, archival and behind-the-scenes footage to tell the story of how college sports has become a billion dollar industry built on athletes who are robbed of monetary privileges. Those interviewed include: former college and NFL player and president of the NFL Players Association Domonique Foxworth (also now attending the Harvard Business School), UCLA star and NBA player Ed O’Bannon, former University of Tennessee All-American and star running back for the Houston Texans Arian Foster, former UCLA standout now Green Bay Packers running back Johnathan Franklin, former UCLA punter now member of the Minnesota Vikings Jeff Locke and former University of North Carolina fullback Devon Ramsay, whose eligibility case was one of the most controversial in recent NCAA history. Also interviewed for the film are Emmy-winning sportscaster Bob Costas, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas, New York Times reporter Joe Nocera and Dave Zirin of The Nation. Sports Illustrated reporters Frank Deford, George Dohrmann, BJ Schecter and Michael Rosenberg join them; and longtime college sports marketing innovator Sonny Vaccaro as well as University of North Carolina educator Mary Willingham are also featured in the film.
WHO: Sonny Vaccaro, Mary Willingham and producer Andrew Moscato are available for interviews beginning Thursday March 27. Taylor Branch is available on April 3 only.
The film is also available on all platforms including EPIX On Demand, EpixHD.com and EPIX apps on hundreds of devices including Xbox, Playstation®, Roku, iPads, iPhones and more.
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