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Rhetorical Analysis: The Shame Of College Sports

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In his 2011 article “The Shame of College Sports”, Taylor Branch claims college sports are corrupt because college athletes are not paid. Through the use of ethos, logos, and an accusatory tone in the article “Should College Athletes be Paid? Why, They Already Are” written for Sports Illustrated in 2014, Seth Davis effectively argues why Taylor Branch’s claim is incorrect. Davis’ use of ethos addresses Branch’s credibility. Through his use of logos, Davis effectively points out why Branch’s argument is illogical. Finally, Davis’ accusatory tone asserts his opinion of Branch’s writing, exposing why Branch’s article is flawed. All of Davis’ rhetorical strategies are able to successfully convince the Sports Illustrated readers Branch’s argument is incorrect.…show more content…
After establishing his own credibility, Davis makes readers question Branch’s integrity. Davis begins his argument by challenging Branch’s trustworthiness. He later provides an example of the information Branch lacked to mention in his article, writing “some 88 percent of the top football programs lose money for their universities -- and that doesn't even include the reams of cash the schools are spending on the so-called nonrevenue sports. Those are some basic, salient facts, but you won't find them anywhere in Branch's 15,000-word opus” (Davis 300). This information when left out of Branch’s article provides a one sided view, where the audience is misinformed of what is fact and what is
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