Amateurism and Reform


At the heart of the push for reforming collegiate sports is changing views of amateurism. As the readings that follow highlight, for most of the time that organized collegiate sports have existed, Americans have believed that there should be a class of athletes that participate in sports for the glory of the games alone. Even as the Olympic Games have moved away from this view, collegiate sports, under the governance of the NCAA, continue to hold fast, as the readings in this chapter highlight.

The excerpt from Kenneth L. Shropshire’s “Legislation for the Glory of Sport: Amateurism and Compensation” provides a historic overview of amateurism and the mythology and misconceptions associated ...

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