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Paying players might create havoc

Originally Published: July 15, 2011
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

It used to be that when the subject of paying student-athletes arose, the defenders of the status quo leapt onto their high horses. They shuddered to think of the calamity that would occur if the walls of amateurism were breached. They told the squeamish to avert their eyes. They turned the heads of children. Amateurism must be defended. Our American Way of Life stood in the balance.

That is so 20th century.

Classic amateurism is just about confined to golf ...

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