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Zion Williamson of Duke was hurt playing a game that is rigged against him

Duke's Zion Williamson suffered a knee injury when his shoe exploded 33 seconds after the long-awaited showdown Wednesday night with North Carolina, sending the best and most exciting college basketball player to the locker room and doing the rest. of the game, something like a hollow hole even before it really started.

Duke-Carolina is, according to most accounts, the best rivalry in college basketball. The first edition of this season was highly anticipated in large part due to Williamson, the first-year forward who takes over the games in a way that often seems to have broken basketball and the laws of physics.

That he abandoned the game so soon he stole something from everyone: the fans who had paid the best dollar to attend, the millions who watch television, former President Barack Obama and all the other celebrities who flew in Durham, and maybe, if Williamson does not return to the court for Duke anymore, the world of college basketball and Blue Devil fans await another national title.

But none of that should outshine the real victim here, which is, of course, the now injured superstar athlete who was playing in a basketball game that It did not have to be, and it should never have been – a part of.

Williamson was one of the nation's top ranked college basketball recruits in high school in 2018. If he had been eligible, he would have been selected to Early in the 2018 NBA draft without playing. One minute of college basketball. In a rational world, Williamson could have been playing pro basketball the night before, in a league in which the risk of injury at least comes with the guarantee of a paycheck.

Instead, he was forced to spend a year in college, because since 19459006, the NBA has restricted the entry of players to his draft until they are 19 or a full year removed from high school. The age limit, negotiated collectively as it is with the NBA players union, is perfectly legal. That does not make it logical or remotely reasonable: in effect, it is nothing more than a protectionist mechanism for the league, which gets a free year to evaluate the players while benefiting from the marketing impulse they get from playing in high profile schools. . (It breaks even if you take your declared purpose at face value, anyway).

And when it comes to money: Williamson, at Duke, can not do much, although it's probably worth at least $ 1 million (and maybe more ) for Duke. Therefore, you can thank the antiquated and arbitrary rules of "amateurism" of the NCAA, which prevent university athletes from receiving a large part of the compensation beyond the total cost of attending a university such as Duke, Carolina, Kentucky or any other place. This, in addition, is illogical and useless: the rhetoric of the NCAA makes its sports part of a broader academic mission, a puritan amateur effort, a learning experience that would get dirty if the players equitably share the money they generate, mainly . and it has always been, the legal intention is to hide the basic fact that the main university athletes are employees of any realistic legal definition of the universities they represent.

It does not have to be this way, and the solutions are very simple.

The NBA and its union have already said they plan to eliminate the age limit sometime in the near future. However, most likely, that will not happen until 2022 at the earliest, although there is no reason to wait that long.

The NCAA, in an ideal world, could recognize the fact that it has doubled the definition of amateurism in an effort to defend itself and make the term lack meaning and reform. In a way that treats the players, it depends on how the employees are. College sports will continue to exist and will cause everyone involved to become piles of money.

And since multimillion-dollar companies do not have much of their own protection and adequate protection of workers, the federal government could force the NCAA to do it instead. . Federal judges could stop treating amateurism as a sacrosanct institution that should be protected, except through minimalist and incremental alterations. The Department of Justice and the FBI could stop conducting misguided and wrongful investigations into the corruption in college basketball that treats these colleges and the NCAA as victims, and focus their attention on the real possibility that schools and the NCAA They are raping the Americans. antitrust laws: as suggested by several federal lawsuits and as determined by the courts.

Williamson, in all likelihood, will be fine. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called the injury a "slight knee strain" after the game, and Williamson's status as the first overall pick in the June NBA draft is not (yet) in jeopardy due to a minor hit. There are those who will argue that Williamson's year at Duke has benefited him "tremendously", and possibly he has.

That, however, is irrelevant, because even a slight injury is a clear reminder that the system as it exists is configured in a way that it makes Williamson and players like him the only ones who are forced to absorb any risk to his future and his future, a point that the mother of former Duke player Wendell Carter Jr. made last year.

"For the best players like Carter and Williamson, who could become professionals and earn millions of dollars directly from high school, college basketball is" 100 percent risk and 100 Negative percent for its commercial goal, "said Kylia Carter, the undefeated last March." It's not putting him in a better position to achieve his commercial goal, which is to reach the NBA. "

Before Wednesday's game, Williamson said that even if the NBA age limit did not exist, he would have chosen to spend a year at Duke, there are millions of reasons to doubt that, however, it is a the choice that he should have had the freedom to make and one that the best basketball recruits want, and the only reason he did not have it is because all those who felt Williamson's victims when leaving a basketball game of the univ ersity 33 seconds after its onset they forgot or never cared about who the potential victims of this fraudulent system are, and always will be.

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