Voices of Reason

Corruption in Amateur Sports

On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss the pervasiveness of institutional corruption in amateur sports in America — specifically within the Olympics and big-time college competition. They are joined by Deseret News Utah Jazz beat writer Eric Woodyard.

They take a deep dive into the reasons behind why organizations like the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC**) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), along with television networks make billions of dollars while precluding the athletes from accepting so much as a meal. They also offer potential solutions to the issue of the systematic exploitation of these athletes who perform on the biggest world and national stages and receive no financial benefit despite generating billions in revenue and enriching so many others.

**Update: Scott Blackmun resigned as CEO of the US Olympic Committee on Feb. 28, 2018 amid fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal discussed on this episode.

Published: Wednesday February 28, 2018
Runtime: 00:36:56