The Games started allowing professional athletes to compete decades ago, and everyone is better off. It's time for the NCAA to do the same. Things were falling apart. The system would not hold. For decades, it had clung to the amateur ideal, enforced by a watchful governing body: Athletes could not receive material gain, directly or indirectly, for playing sports. Only the cash came anyway, in drips and drabs and great big gushers, mostly under the table, the public's insatiable demand for spectacle rushing to meet a limited supply of talented performers.
The End of Amateur Hour for the NCAA by Eric Posner - Project Syndicate
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Amateur sports are sports in which participants engage largely or entirely without remuneration. The distinction is made between amateur sporting participants and professional sporting participants, who are paid for the time they spend competing and training. In the majority of sports which feature professional players, the professionals will participate at a higher standard of play than amateur competitors, as they can train full-time without the stress of having another job. The majority of worldwide sporting participants are amateurs. Sporting amateurism was a zealously guarded ideal in the 19th century, especially among the upper classes, but faced steady erosion throughout the 20th century with the continuing growth of pro sports and monetisation of amateur and collegiate sports, and is now strictly held as an ideal by fewer and fewer organisations governing sports, even as they maintain the word " amateur " in their titles.
After reading Bylaw In a move that surprised some purists but appeared to be a nod to the current realities facing elite amateur golfers, the game's two governing bodies changed Rule of the RAS, effective Jan. This was accompanied by a similar allowance to amateurs to sign contracts with national golf unions and associations. An individual shall be ineligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport if he or she ever has agreed orally or in writing to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation in that sport.