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U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT PROFILES BLACKS AND PRO SPROTS
Published March 19, 1997
In a cover story entitled "Are Pro Sports Bad for Black America?," U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT's John Simons addresses whether African-Americans "suffer as a result" of their "dominant presence" in professional sports. Although the achievements of black athletes have been significant, Simons notes that the "relatively small, elite class" of wealthy black athletes and the media and advertisers "who feed on them -- have created the impression among lower-income blacks that there are unlimited opportunities" in pro sports. As a result, many young black men have an "obsession with sports ... often at the expense of the more traditional, if less glamorous, route to upward mobility: education" (U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, 3/24 issue).