Booker Unveils Plan Targeting ‘Exploitation’ Of College And Professional Athletes As Candidates Focus On LGBTQ Issues

The Daily Caller | 10/10/2019 | Staff
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2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker unveiled a plan Thursday targeting the “exploitation” of collegiate and professional athletes.

Booker, who is himself a former college athlete, released his plan titled “Justice and Opportunity for Athletes” as fellow Democratic presidential candidates South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren released LGBTQ plans ahead of CNN’s Thursday night LGBTQ forum.

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The New Jersey senator’s plan promises to end the “exploitation of college athletes,” to expand all professional athletes’ opportunities and justice, and to guarantee access to sports for athletes of the next generation.

“Playing football at Stanford was one of the greatest opportunities of my life — that’s what it should be for all college athletes,” Booker tweeted Thursday afternoon. “But I also saw firsthand how players are exploited for profit. We can change that.”

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Booker bashed the NCAA for its “amateurism” rules and said college athletes are not permitted to share in the success of this “immensely profitable industry.”

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“The unfairness of these rules extends beyond compensation; universities’ demands on players’ time result in many athletes — especially young Black men disproportionately represented in revenue-generating sports — often leaving school without an undergraduate degree and saddled with lifelong injuries and medical debt,” Booker’s plan said.

Booker’s plan also touches on ending gender pay gaps in women’s sports, improving pay and working conditions for minor league baseball players, ending “exploitative labor policies” for both NFL cheerleaders and NBA dancers, and more.

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