Why It’s Time to Pay to Play | Lori Latrice Martin | TEDxLSU

Lori Latrice Martin is a Senior Research Fellow at the UB Center for Urban Studies

In the multi-billion dollar industry of college sports, one group of people is consistently left out when it comes to earning money – the college athletes. Sociologist Lori Latrice Martin dives into the inequalities of college sports and explains how the system succeeds mostly on the backs of black men’s bodies – today and in American sports history. For LSU African and African American Studies and sociology professor and author Lori Latrice Martin sports are about more than entertainment, especially from the perspective of student-athletes. But these sometimes painful challenges for student-athletes are often hidden from fans who see only the competition on the field of play. A former collegiate athlete herself, Lori uses the lens of sports to study important issues of race, education and class, revealing the ways in which race and sports are related historically and in contemporary times. Lori has published numerous books on race, education and athletics, and is a leading voice on racial disparities in athletic programs and the ongoing debate over the compensation of student-athletes. In 2019 her book, Black Women as Leaders: Challenging and Transforming Society, was released.