Found October 07, 2011 on Midwest Sports Fans:
Taylor Branch’s cover story in this month’s The Atlantic, “The Shame of College Sports,” added some zest to the already spicy debate about how to compensate student athletes, particularly those in revenue sports. Branch asserts, “The tragedy at the heart of college sports is not that some college athletes are getting paid, but that more of them are not.” Branch obviously is not the first person to suggest that some college athletes receive money beyond that which pays for tuition, board, books, and food, but Branch’s piece is significant for its look at the history of the NCAA and the concept of amateurism and for its explanation of how the NCAA and its member schools have colluded to place an artificial cap on athlete compensation. Branch examines the dubious origin of the term “student-athlete”: The NCAA invented the phrase so that college athletes, who are not just “students,” would not have to be held to the same academic admissions standards as their peers and so that college a...
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