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Is 'The System' Broken? Amateurism In The NCAA

The college sports industry brings in about $10 billion in annual revenue, but how much of that do the athletes themselves see? Only A Game's Karen Given and WBUR's Shira Springer take an initial look at how the NCAA's amateurism model can lead to scandal.

05:47Oct 13, 2017
The "ra-ra spirit" lives on at Rutgers University. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Tracing The Origins Of College Sports Amateurism

Today, sports are seen as a way for kids to get a college education. But that's not how college sports started out. Only A Game's Karen Given looks at amateurism's role in reinforcing class divisions.

04:40Oct 13, 2017

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Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss Cam Newton's headline-making remarks to a female reporter. Also, 45-year-old Jaromir Jagr finds yet more NHL employment, and a lion-hearted opponent takes a bite out of a Welsh rugby player.

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