LeBron James Executive Producer for Student-Athlete Exploitation HBO Documentary

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2018

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LeBron James will serve as a producer for the upcoming HBO Sports documentary "Student Athlete," which will examine "the complex rules of amateur athletics in America" and "how they affect uncompensated athletes and their families," according to a press release.

"This is an incredibly important story about the institutional denial of basic human rights for these student-athletes," the CEO of SpringHill Entertainment, Maverick Carter, said in a statement. "When Steve Stoute [at United Masters] brought us this idea, it was a perfect fit for the kind of stories we want to tell at SpringHill."

James and Carter founded SpringHill Entertainment.

Stoute noted that the documentary aims to show the hypocrisy and shortcomings of the amateurism model employed by the NCAA:

"The NCAA blinded by revenue goals is turning student athletes into full-time employees. This documentary is incredibly important as it debunks the myth that student athletes are being fairly compensated by receiving scholarships and a valuable education. In fact, the demands put on these students by this oppressive system makes it impossible for them to get the education they deserve. The time is now to end this false narrative and reveal the truth of this exploitation."

The film will focus on men's college basketball and football. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Trish Dalton are directing the project. 

Past SpringHill Entertainment documentaries have included "More Than A Game" and "I Am Giant: Victor Cruz."

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