“Why I’m Behind the Athletes’ Bill of Rights” by Cory Booker

Please read “Why I’m Behind the Athletes’ Bill of Rights” by Cory Booker and write a response to the following questions. Please make sure to respond to AT LEAST one classmate! 

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DUE March, 18th

  • What did you think of the piece? Be honest! Did you find any parts interesting? Did you learn something new?
  • What is the piece MOSTLY about?
  • Who do you think is the intended audience of the piece? Who is meant to read this text?
  • What do you think is the purpose of this text? Why do you think the author wrote it?
  • Can you figure out the specific genre of article of this piece (opinion, scientific, feature, news, etc)?
  • What did you notice about how the author wrote this piece? Maybe the tone (formal, informal, humorous, casual, etc), or the use of ethos (statistics and facts) or the use of pathos (emotion) or the use of logos (logic)?
  • What stands out to you– what do you like/ dislike about this writer’s style?  What are you confused by? What do you want to know more about? Pay special attention to how this author uses research (outside facts, statistics, history, news, interviews) etc in their writing.
  • What did you learn from reading this article? How did this author use research? How do they use personal experience?

18 Comments

  1. Hamely Jose Taveras

    What did you think of the piece? Be honest! Did you find any parts interesting? Did you learn something new?
    I think this piece very cool. I actually love it. I find it very interesting that the author had a personal experience he was very credible. I learned new things about college students and what happens to them.
    What is the piece MOSTLY about?
    This piece is MOSTLY about a college student and how NCCA is not addressing the college’s negligence. There need to be rights that protect college athlete’s students.
    Who do you think is the intended audience of the piece?
    I think the intended audience of the piece is college students, former college students, and NCAA.
    Who is meant to read this text?
    NCCA and college students are meant to read this text because it is addressing some negligence. But I also think that Former college students that already play in college need to speak up and help athletes in college get the correct support.
    What do you think is the purpose of this text? Why do you think the author wrote it?
    The purpose of this article is to inform about the negligence that college athletes have to experience and how they need to get help to be protected.
    Can you figure out the specific genre of an article of this piece (opinion, scientific, feature, news, etc)?
    The specific genre of an article of this piece is an opinion, informative article.
    What did you notice about how the author wrote this piece? Maybe the tone (formal, informal, humorous, casual, etc), or the use of ethos (statistics and facts) or the use of pathos (emotion), or the use of logos (logic)?
    The article was mostly about his personal experience and supporting his ideas. He uses a lot of facts and statistics to support his ideas like how college athletes don’t have much support and they never get to finish a college degree. He uses emotion by explaining his experience. The tone is very formal and informative.
    What stands out to you– what do you like/ dislike about this writer’s style? What are you confused by? What do you want to know more about? Pay special attention to how this author uses research (outside facts, statistics, history, news, interviews) etc in their writing.
    The part that stands out the most to me is the personal experience and how he seems well aware that not everyone has support for college. It is very interesting how the author uses facts and statistics to support his idea.
    What did you learn from reading this article? How did this author use research? How do they use personal experience?
    I learned from reading this article he has statistic, personal experience, and a well-known person that had experience and cost change.

    • Pedro Flores

      I agree how college students should be protected and should be getting paid for their hard work.

  2. Hamely Jose Taveras

    What did you think of the piece? Be honest! Did you find any parts interesting? Did you learn something new?
    I think this piece very cool. I actually love it. I find it very interesting that the author had a personal experience he was very credible. I learned new things about college students and what happens to them.

    What is the piece MOSTLY about?
    This piece is MOSTLY about a college student and how NCCA is not addressing the college’s negligence. There need to be rights that protect college athlete’s students.
    Who do you think is the intended audience of the piece?
    I think the intended audience of the piece is college students, former college students, and NCAA.

    Who is meant to read this text?
    NCCA and college students are meant to read this text because it is addressing some negligence. But I also think that Former college students that already play in college need to speak up and help athletes in college get the correct support.

    What do you think is the purpose of this text? Why do you think the author wrote it?
    The purpose of this article is to inform about the negligence that college athletes have to experience and how they need to get help to be protected.

    Can you figure out the specific genre of an article of this piece (opinion, scientific, feature, news, etc)?
    The specific genre of an article of this piece is an opinion, informative article.

    What did you notice about how the author wrote this piece? Maybe the tone (formal, informal, humorous, casual, etc), or the use of ethos (statistics and facts) or the use of pathos (emotion), or the use of logos (logic)?
    The article was mostly about his personal experience and supporting his ideas. He uses a lot of facts and statistics to support his ideas like how college athletes don’t have much support and they never get to finish a college degree. He uses emotion by explaining his experience. The tone is very formal and informative.

    What stands out to you– what do you like/ dislike about this writer’s style? What are you confused by? What do you want to know more about? Pay special attention to how this author uses research (outside facts, statistics, history, news, interviews) etc in their writing.
    The part that stands out the most to me is the personal experience and how he seems well aware that not everyone has support for college. It is very interesting how the author uses facts and statistics to support his idea.

    What did you learn from reading this article? How did this author use research? How do they use personal experience?
    I learned from reading this article he has statistic, personal experience, and a well-known person that had experience and cost change.

  3. Elma Kastrat

    1. I think this piece is very interesting. I think it’s interesting because the author used his own opinion and told us what he had experienced during his high school and college days.

    2. This piece is mostly about athlete students in college and that instead of helping them and supporting them the NCAA it’s not doing anything to protect their rights even though they should.

    3. I think the intended audience of this piece are college students, athlete college students and NCAA. I think the college students and NCAA are meant to read this. Because it will help students who are already in college need to start talking and help athlete students to start talking and get support for them.

    4. The purpose of this article is to inform people about problems with which athlete students struggle and that their negligence is on their side instead of supporting and protecting them.

    5. The genre of this article/piece is an opinion essay, informative essay.

    6. The article is mostly written about the author’s personal opinion and how he wants to support his ideas. He is using a lot of facts and ideas and combining them with his own experience and opinion. The tone of it it’s formal and informative.

    7. The part that I like and it is very interesting to me is when he combines his own experience with college students and how he knows that students don’t have support from college. It’s very nice and interesting how he used different facts and ideas to support his own idea about everything.

    8. I learned that the author deeply investigated and did research about this problem by collecting statistics data, using his own experience and finding people who had experienced the same problem.

    • Tenzin Namgyal

      I also really like when he combined his own personal experience with college athletes, it felt like it was more credible since he himself had through the same thing.

    • mustapha

      I didnt see the article in that light until I read your statement

  4. mustapha

    1. I thought this was an interesting read. I agree that college athletes should be paid when they’re being used to make millions.
    2. The piece is mostly about why college athletes deserve to get paid their fair share for how much they make the NCAA.
    3. The intended audience could be the NCAA in trying to persuade them to pay their athletes, but it could also be towards college athlete hopefuls, in order to prepare them on what they can expect.
    4. The purpose of this text is to educate the people on this matter
    5. The genre for this article is informative because it’s educational.

  5. Arian Qosaj

    I think this piece is very interesting. The piece is mostly about a college student explaining how the NCAA doesn’t support those on the team and how it’s an issue that needs to be solved. The intended audience of this piece are college students and the NCAA. The purpose of this text is to show how football college students aren’t getting enough support that they should be getting and how there is no sense of protection. The genre of this article is formal and opinion based. The author wrote this piece in a formal tone because he used evidence that proved how the NCAA does not help football college students and he specifically talked about his personal experience as well. I like how the author talks about how it was like for him when he was in college. I learned that the author used his personal experience to find evidence that related to what happens to college students who are a part of football.

  6. Kevin Yu

    I thought it was really interesting because I knew that colleges paid you to get into their college but I never knew that they take advantage of them.

    His piece is mostly about how the NCAA treats college athletes with minimal needs even though 90% of graduates it doesn’t paint the full picture of the corrupt NCAA and how the NCAA should change its views on college athletes.

    The intended audience is high school students who want to become college athletes.
    The purpose of this text is to give you a taste of what the NCAA is doing to college athletes and if the choice of becoming a college athlete is worth your time and your life.

    This piece is mainly an opinion-based article. The author wrote this piece formally and he does use statistics and facts such as the 90% of college athletes graduate within 6 years and does create emotion because college athletes can be injured and the NCAA will not pay enough to cover these long-term injuries.

    I like that the author took the time to look at statistics and even wrote about his own experience as a college athlete.

    I learn that if things sound too good to be true it will be false because the NCAA does help college athletes but it’s not enough to help and once they finish college what will they pursue since the NCAA does not cover courses that college athletes want to take. The author used general research of college athletes and he used his personal experience to tell that if your family does not have a good income you should reconsider the fact that the NCAA does not pay enough for you to go on.

  7. Shaniyah

    Usually I know if a reading piece is going to be boring off the first two sentences. However in this case I was instantly hooked. I felt like I was given secret information because I never knew much about the treatment of college athletes, by the NACC. It looks and sounds so good on paper and the stories you hear on the news about students getting full covered scholarships for sports. I guess you should figure that when someone is paying for you to go to school on a sports scholarship it’s so the sports team and companies can profit off of you. This text was opinion based but also informational the author incorporated facts and past instances that support his claim, so that made it stronger. His own experience as added as well which creates credibility. The intended audience I feel should be maybe seniors in high school that are very interested in a sport, it may give them some insight on how the athlete life really is aside from the way it looks on paper.

  8. Isael Castillo

    I think this story is very interesting. Is interesting because I like how the author uses his own experience to tell the story and gives his opinion about how colleges take advantage of their athletics. This is mostly about, how the NCAA doesn’t give their athletics the credit they deserve when they are the ones that make them millions and advertise their association. The intended audience is high school/college students that are looking to become athletics and to be aware of things that happened behind doors. The purpose of this story is to warn students athletics about things like what the NCAA is doing and others association that is not being talked about. I think the genre of this story is an informative essay. I learned that the author did some researcher to support his argument by showing data and analyzes that go with his point of view.

  9. Pedro Flores

    – I found this article interesting one thing I learned is how much time these athletes spend time without getting paid.
    – This is mostly about the right of these college athletes how cruel the NCAA is to not pay these athletes but make a profit out of them. sell their jersey meanwhile, they don’t have money to pay for college.
    – I think this piece was intended for college students and athletes.
    – I think the author wrote to raise awareness of this topic because these students are working hard for 30 to 60 hrs without getting paid and are just being used. to open the eyes of the public and for some change.
    – I think this can be informative and opinion-based.
    – It was mainly about his experience but the tone was formal and it was very informative.
    – I really liked this reading because I found it frustrating how they get used and don’t even get paid.

  10. Christina Bethelmy

    I think that this in my opinion was very informative with the way that they explained it and I also think that college athletes should be when they have to be worth millions.
    And this article is really just about how college athletes have the right to get paid what they deserve in the NCAA.
    The audience that they intended could be other athletes in college fpr them to prepare/warn them for a situation like this with the NCAA.
    The purpose of this text is to inform their audience about this situation and how it affects college athletes.
    The genre for this piece is like a news/informative article.

  11. Tenzin Namgyal

    I thought this piece was very interesting. As a sports fan I already knew this was a major issue but I did not know things were this bad! College athletes should definitely be paid for their services. They risk their own health and bring in a lot of money for colleges, in return it is only fair that they get paid as well. The piece is mostly about how the author believes that college athletes deserve their own bill of rights and he uses his own experiences and the experiences of other former college athletes to back up his reasoning. I think the intended audience are former college athletes present college athletes and sports fans. He wants people to be informed of this grave injustice which is being done to our college athletes. The genre of this piece is an informative article/news. The article is mostly written with facts and the authors own opinions based off of his own experiences. Its formal. There was nothing that I disliked about this piece. I believe it was a well written article that talked about issues that the author was passionate about. He made it easy for me to understand his points and it was also entertaining, also it was interesting to hear about his experience and how it made him into the person he is today. I learned a lot from reading this article. I learned that the NCAA is not doing what they say they would do and t hat college athletes are being robbed of millions from this multi billion dollar industry. The authors research was done very well and he had other former college athletes tell their own experiences which made what he was saying even more credible.

  12. Annie

    This article was enjoyable to read because it provided information about collège football that I was unfamiliar with. It’s a shame that those athletes put in so much effort for their collège while barely scraping by. According to the article, the sport industry generates enough money for athletes to support themselves and promote themselves while continuing their education.The article is written by a former athlete who knows the ins and outs of the college football industry and understands how many restrictions imposed on those athletes make it difficult for them to balance their school life and sports while also trying to support themselves financially, and him with his job as a senator advocating for it and putting clarity where it should be is a very important steps towards change.

  13. Hanting Hu

    I found the exciting part that NCAA is a for-profit industry that exploits college athletes. The target audience of the work is athletes, NCAA, and athletes fans. The purpose of this article is how to protect the athletes themselves and the behavior of the NCAA. The specific type of this article is ethos. What I like about this writer’s style is his personal experience as an athlete, coupled with the use of facts and data to prove the NCAA’s style of doing things.

  14. Jeimi Bravo

    Reading the; was interesting and entertaining, there were many mixed opinions and the power of this text. There were some connections as being a college student but I could not make the connection of being in a sports team right now, although I was in a sports team during highschool. I can’t make a strong connection because I am currently online learning so I am not getting the full college experience.

    Why I’m Behind the Athletes’ Bill of Rights By Cory Booker is mostly about a college student and his experience. There is no support within the NCAA, college students are ignored and not being supported at all.

    The intended audience for this article is college students who are dealing with a similar problem, it is aiming for college students to have a voice and speaking up.

    The genre for this article is an informative article, an opinionated article as well.

    The author wrote this article with his opinion and feelings towards the situation, the type of emotion he uses is strong with an annoyed tone.

    The author bases his article on personal experience, the author chooses to use facts and statics to provide evidence for his facts.

    There is nothing I did not dislike, I thought the article was mostly entertaining because aia enjoyed hearing other’s opinions. Especially because I am a college student and I think that since I am unable to get the full experience in school, I can read about it in an article, besides that there was nothing I was confused about.

    From reading the article, I learned more about statistics and about other issues college students deal with. The author did his research to be able to provide good information. He used his personal information and looked for more information other than himself. A good author that writes about a personal experience looks for other sources to be able to provide more information.

  15. Arlene Perez

    I thought the piece was remarkably interesting, especially it being from a senator ‘s point of view and his past college football career. I learned more in depth about how college football players do not really make revenue or any profits from playing in the NCAA. The piece is mostly about college football players having some sense of security while playing football, better health coverage for serious injuries caused by the game. The intended audience are law makers and college athletes. I think college students are meant to read this piece. I think the purpose of the article is to educate everyone on the topic. I think the author wrote this because it seems to be an important issue for college football students. The articles genre is an opinion and informative article. I noticed the author wrote this piece similar to an informative article. Booker’s tone was formal. He used his personal experience and statistics to help express his concerns. He used the ethos method; he is creditable person because he is a senator and was an actual college athlete. What stood out to me the most was how he is a politician fighting for college athletes. What I liked about the author’s writing style was educational. He used statistics and facts. The author used research, interviews and facts. He used personal experience as an example of how a “College Athletes Bill of Rights” would assist the player’s wellbeing during playing for college.

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