PERSPECTIVES: At Florida’s New College, “Play Ball!” Is Political

In The Nation, Dave Zirin writes about why initiating an intercollegiate athletics program at New College (FL) is a right-wing political strategy. “This is not about sports, and this definitely isn’t about giving student-athletes a chance at a college education. This is about DeSantis’s state government sending millions in taxpayer money to New College so they can purchase a right-wing student body through athletic scholarships to replace those students they have driven out. They are building an athletics department at a school of just 700 people so they can throw money at athletes coming largely from Christian private schools to play for an athletic director and coaches of similar right-wing, religious bents.” Read the full commentary here.

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