Freshman life has changed

April, 19, 2012
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The amateur athlete has gone the way of 50 cents-a-gallon gasoline and been replaced with one-and-done stars who are on their way to making many millions in the professional ranks.

College "money" sports, i.e., basketball and football, are no more than unpaid minor leagues for the NFL and NBA. Major League Baseball and National Hockey League teams can draft and sign young players right out of high school, leaving the non-revenue sports like track and field, swimming, and gymnastics as the only college sports that are played by true amateurs.

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Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA's all-time leading scorer and the author of several New York Times best-selling books.

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