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The book cites three court cases regarding challenges to colleges’ claims of amateurism by injured football players \(the first one, in 1960, went against the N.C.A.A., which promptly led to obfuscation in scholarship language to exclude the notion athletes performed “under contract,” and the N.C.A.A. won the next two in an endlahoma and Georgia, which eliminated N.C.A.A. control over which college football games could be telecast. \(The reader is led to believe colleges defended their “property right” to such telecasts, when what they did is challenge and overthrow the N.C.A.A.’ s There are justifications for restricting certain aspects of the realworld free market to keep it from destroying itself. None of those applies to the entertainment business, of which college athletics have been a part, under whatever name, since the beginning. Like the repeal of prohibition, all we’d be doing by paying players is legalizing what people already are doing, and have always done, and we’d level the playing field between those committing felonies and those guilty of misdemeanors. If you’re going to give up the farm, give up the house, too. Robert Heard is a writer in Austin. A journalist for more than forty years and author of seven books, he wrote and published Inside Texas, a newsletter about University of Texas men’s and women’s sports, for thirteen years. “Class War,” from page 15 poverty wage of $1 an hour. They get no benefits, unless you count the daily ration of one breakfast taco supervisors hand out to each worker. Lucent uses their labor; then, thanks to N.A.F.T.A., the company merrily trucks the Mexican-made phones right across the bridge into the U.S.A., delivering them to a store near you without paying any tariff or honoring any quota. Now in her early fifties, Ms. Harris finally landed another job, months after being abruptly abandoned by the globally wayward Lucent. She got one of those “14 million new jobs” that a crowing Bill Clinton tells us his economic policies have created. Hers is at a Target store, working for $7.50 an hour, though it’s only part time, so she has fallen plumb out of the middle class back into poverty. Ironically, in her job at Target, she sells the telephones she once made. Asked by Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur if the price is any lower on those phones now that Lucent pays $1 an hour to Mexican workers rather than the $13 she earned, Anna Harris’s eyes turned steel cold and she said: “There’s no difference in price. They’re selling them for $80 to $90.” Welcome to the New World Order. This article is adapted from the introduction to the new paperback version of Jim Hightower’s book, There’s Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos. 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