LeBron James spearheads production for HBO documentary on 'exploitative world' of college sports

Now that the Warriors have closed out the 2017-18 NBA season, all eyes will turn to the free-agent market and where <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/3704/" data-ylk="slk:LeBron James">LeBron James</a> will go.
Now that the Warriors have closed out the 2017-18 NBA season, all eyes will turn to the free-agent market and where LeBron James will go.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is spearheading the production of a new HBO Sports documentary titled “STUDENT ATHLETE,” a documentary focused on the “exploitative world of high-revenue college sports, according to a release sent by the network Monday.

The film will debut at 10 p.m. Oct. 2 on HBO.

James is a founder of SpringHill Entertainment, a production company also run by James’ longtime friend and business manager Maverick Carter. The company is teaming up with Steve Stoute’s United Masters as well as HBO for the project.

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

The documentary, which the release said will illuminate “the complex rules of amateur athletics in America and showing how they affect uncompensated athletes and their families,” will spotlight former NCAA and NFL coach John Shoop.

It will also feature Kentucky forward Nick Richards, former Illinois and Bradley forward Mike Shaw, former Rutgers wide receiver Shamar Graves and former Baylor walk-on Silas Nacita.

James bypassed the college ranks and was drafted into the NBA out of high school in 2003. He has often been outspoken in regards to college athletics.

This past February even, James said “the NCAA is corrupt.”

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