The other side of March Madness: How college sports expose a lack of diversity

On Thursday evening fans across the country will watch dozens of college students battle it out on the basketball court as part of the Sweet 16.

It’s well known — and widely discussed this time of year — that those games will bring millions of dollars into the coffers of their schools, athletic conferences and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the governing body for college sports. And that the athletes actually entertaining fans will see none of those funds.

But there’s less focus on how those institutions are serving college athletes and their student populations more broadly. A new report aims to highlight the way big-time college athletics can obscure those realities — particularly the differences in the way these institutions approach white and Black male students.

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