A New Era in College Sports
For more than a century, the N.C.A.A. banned student-athletes from earning money. That is about to change.
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Throughout its 115-year history, the N.C.A.A.’s bedrock principle has been that student-athletes should be amateurs and not allowed to profit off their fame.
That principle stood firm for generations, even as college sports became ever more commercialized and billions of dollars rolled in.
This week, after years of agitation and legislation, the rule was changed.
What will this new era of college sports look like?
On today’s episode
Alan Blinder, a reporter covering college sports for The New York Times.
Here’s a breakdown of why the N.C.A.A. finally relented to pressure to allow athletes to make money beyond the cost of attending their universities.
Despite the N.C.A.A’s argument that payments would be a threat to amateurism, this month, the Supreme Court backed payments to student-athletes.
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Alan Blinder contributed reporting.
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