Thanksgiving has NFL games, Christmas has the NBA, and New Year’s has college football. This season as you sit down to watch bowl games or the college football playoff, check out some of the sociological college football research from our partner Engaging Sports.
Football can be a path toward economic opportunity, but scholars find race and class patterns in who takes this risky path. For example, Black players are generally from more disadvantaged areas while white players come from more advantaged areas, perhaps indicating that white players benefit from more resources in training while financial necessity drives black players.
- Assessing the Patterns: Race, Class, and Opportunities in American Football
- Race and Social Class in College Football Positions: Why Black Quarterbacks are Economically Poorer than Black Running Backs