The Sports Of Women 's Professional Tennis And U.s. College Football

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In the sports of women’s professional tennis and U.S. college football, athletes can often times be constructed as a body with a talent in athleticism, and at the same time be neglected in the acknowledgment of their citizenship through discourses, language, and institutional networks. In the sport of U.S. college football the athlete that is constituted by the network of institutions discourses, and languages as an overworked and underpaid laborer who is denied their ability to exercise their natural born right as a citizen of the United States of America to receive plausible compensation for the extremely valuable services that they provide. In women’s professional tennis, Olympic gold medalist and gram slam titlist Serena Williams is neglected her rights of citizenship through intentionally offensive racial slights and slander that accumulate to the stresses that have an effect on her ability to speak, to perform, and have an effect on the state of her sense of belonging to the U.S. as a citizen.
What exactly does it mean to be a U.S. citizen? Outside of the obvious written in the constitution that guarantees that all citizens of the U.S. have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, what rights are given to U.S citizens that athletes are denied. Taylor Branch, a civil rights historian who has been focusing on the injustices that have been served to college athletes by the NCAA stated in the movie “Schooled: The Price of College Sports” that, “College…

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