NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Premium network EPIX announced it has secured exclusive rights to a new and timely original documentary examining the business of college football and basketball and the NCAA’s treatment of its athletes. The expose is based on a controversial 2011 article by Pulitzer Prize winning civil rights scholar, Taylor Branch. Schooled: The Shame of College Sports will make its world premiere this Fall on the EPIX network and on all platforms including EPIX On Demand, EpixHD.com and EPIX apps on hundreds of devices including Xbox, PS3, Roku, iPads, iPhones and more.
Schooled, based on Branch’s article “The Shame of College Sports”, is a hard-hitting examination weaving interviews, archival and behind-the-scenes footage to tell a story of how college sports became a billion dollar industry built on athletes who are deprived of numerous rights. Those interviewed include current and former college athletes, coaches, academic advisors, NCAA compliance officers and university administrators, including Emmy-winning Sportscaster Bob Costas, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas, Joe Nocera of The New York Times, Dave Zirin of The Nation, Sports Illustrated’s Frank Deford, George Dohrmann, BJ Schecter and Michael Rosenberg.
When first published in The Atlantic in October 2011, the article set off a firestorm of controversy and admiration. Sports Illustrated's Frank Deford said Branch’s story "may well be the most important article ever written about college sports." Branch, who also appears in the documentary, argues that decades of greed and self-interest have finally caught up with the NCAA and that the organization is poised to collapse under the weight of its own hypocrisy.
“Branch’s expose gives us an inside look at the injustice done to these dedicated young athletes and it sheds a new light on all college sports programs,” said Mark Greenberg, EPIX President and CEO. “EPIX is committed to bringing controversial stories like this to our viewers.”
The documentary is directed by Ross Finkel, Jon Paley and Trevor Martin (directors of Ballplayer: Pelotero); executive produced by Bobby Valentine; produced by Andrew J. Muscato, Taylor Branch, and former college and NFL player Domonique Foxworth.
Says producer Andrew Muscato, “Over the past year and a half, we've assembled an unprecedented, comprehensive and compelling look at the culture of big-time college sports in America. Bobby and I are excited that EPIX shares our fascination with this subject, and we're especially thrilled that they'll be bringing our film to their audience in time for the next football season.”
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