There are many stats in collegiate sports but one of the most arresting is that about $13 billion is generated annually in Division I athletics.

It goes to schools, conferences, coaches, TV networks and apparel companies.

Very little of it goes to the athletes, many of whom become injured and very few (perhaps 5 percent) go on to play professional football or basketball.

A key reason the players don't benefit financially is the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

It has fought remuneration to athletics for decades.

A book that focuses on this disconcerting issue is "Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA."

It is written by Joe Nocera, a columnist for the New York Times, and researcher Ben Strauss.

The 369-page text is well researched, and takes the position that universities are benefiting greatly. Meanwhile, athletes and their families are left out of the TV-generated prosperity.

The authors provide numerous stories of how the families of poor, inner-city youngsters often don't have enough money to travel to their son's games. (The focus is on males).

Also, the authors dissect the Ed O'Bannon case. This was a win for players. A image of former UCLA player Ed O'Bannon had been used by gaming and apparel companies while he was in school.

The university made big money. So why didn't the player?

This book is as much a legal tome as it is sports journalism.

Much of the text is about legal strategies and aggressive lawyers trying to bring down the well-funded NCAA.

It is an intriguing read, if a bit repetitive.

But why not a comprehensive analogy to the Olympic Games, a one-time amateur operation that permitted remuneration several decades ago?

Still, anyone who watches D1 football and men's basketball might enjoy the beat-down on the pious - and cash-laden - NCAA.

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