Maybe The New Slavery Is Slavery

That's overstating it. But what if Big Time College Sports is a corrupt bargain between elites and rurals? 

Elites in Ann Arbor and Tuscaloosa agree to extract free labor from black men for the cheap entertainment of non-college whites in Grand Rapids and Elba. In exchange, rural non-college whites don't complain about the massive disparities in post-secondary education between the "haves" and the "have-nots".