The HBL is excited to announce that our panel, The Death of Amateurism, was selected to participate in SXSW in March 2018!
The panel will feature HBL co-founder Andy Schwarz, award-winning journalist and University of Texas sports and media fellow Patrick Hruby, Michigan Fab Five star Ray Jackson and ESPNW’s Kavitha Davidson, who will suggest how amateurism has failed black athletes and how the HBL plans to change that.
A defining premise of the NCAA is that amateurism—that athletes are unpaid students—is an essential part of the appeal of college athletics. The upstart Historical Basketball League seeks to challenge that notion simply by paying players. Revenues generated by college sports are in the billions of dollars, shouldn’t the labor producing all that value be paid for it?