Open entry is a powerful force. We see it in the free market. But we see it even more clearly in sports.
Numbers trump color in sports: points on the scoreboard. In the free market, only two colors matter: black ink and red ink. Here, everyone wants black.
This is from the 1965-66 NCAA Division 1 finals.
Score: Texas Western 72, Kentucky 65.
This is from the 2013-2014 NCAA Division 1 finals.
A picture is worth 1,000 words. Three pictures are worth 3,000 words. But I still have a few words to add.
They made a movie about the 1966 finals: Glory Road. The coach in the final game started an all-black team in the final game. This had never been done before in the NCAA finals. He was making a point. The point was well made. The movie’s scriptwriter understood the symbolic nature of that game.
It could not have happened over the next decade. That was because of UCLA. Coach John Wooden never fielded an all-black team. Neither did North Carolina State, the only team to keep UCLA from winning a title one year in Wooden’s phenomenal run. By 1976, the year after Wooden retired, there were no all-white teams that made it to the NCAA finals.
The NCAA’s rules in 1966 made this incident possible.
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