South Park Mocks NCAA Exploitation with “Crack Baby Basketball League”

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World.

I’ve always been a big fan of South Park.  I’ve also been a highly critical fan of the NCAA.  Most problematic has been the NCAA’s insistence of violating the labor rights of college athletes and their families by creating a set of laws that keep athletes and their families from enjoying the billions being earned by administrators, coaches and commentators, who are mostly white.  This academic apartheid amounts to a massive wealth extraction from the African American community, as the NCAA earns more ad revenue during March Madness than the post seasons for Major League Baseball and the NFL.

South Park, true to form, mocked the NCAA in an episode about a “Crack baby basketball league.”  In the show, they create a structure where crack babies are recorded fighting over balls of crack.  They earn millions of dollars, live a life of luxury and then attempt to explain why not paying the crack babies or their families is OK because it is “against the rules” (which are, ironically, written by the men in charge).  One of the characters, the notorious racist Eric Cartman, actually visits The University of Colorado Boulder to find out how they make money off of slave labor so that he can find better ways to exploit the crack babies in his possession.

The episode is great and on point.  Two clips can be seen below:






Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of ALARM, the Athlete Liberation Academic Reform Movement. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

  • Tulojit

    This was an amazing episode. I think it was probably one of the best ones that the did. I liked when the mom was asking for money and Cartman goes “Sorry this is a prestigious league that was founded more than 12 days ago, we cannot change the rules.” I was at work but was able to watch it right from my phone thanks to the DISH Remote Access app from DISH Network. I work at DISH and with this app and my Sling adapter I can view live streaming content anywhere I can get a 3g or wifi signal. Check out for more information.

  • Brook

    Now this was really funny.  I hope the NCAA was watching. 

  • Wutangfan85

    So what do you think about the controversy at Ohio State with the most recent news from Ray Small.

  • Think About It

    Too funny!  I love that South Park satirizes every issue and always makes you think while laughing your azz off. 

  • Nyrik Ali

    I like South Park because they go against all BS equally…In this PC world we need good satire..

  • Crack Baby11

    Am I the only one messing with EA Sports by calling them and sending
    emails asking when Crack Baby Basketball will be in stores? They seem to
    take me seriously.

  • Anonymous

    I would think it is up to us as concerned people to make sure the NCAA is watching. The content, though presented in this funny clip, is very serious. College athletes are used over and over, while the schools make millions on them, and they receive nothing. Every athlete is not going to the professional league, they also aquire injuries which may prevent them from playing in the professional league. Take note!! It is alright to laugh, but please be informed, and then, BE ACTIVE!!!