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In August, Miami's head football coach, Al Golden, leaves a news conference before football practice in Coral Gables, Fla. Allegations surfaced last month of a booster give illicet benefits to players. (AP)
In August, Miami's head football coach, Al Golden, leaves a news conference before football practice in Coral Gables, Fla. Allegations surfaced last month of a booster give illicet benefits to players. (AP)

Every season seems to bring more scandals involving college sports, but a provocative article in The Atlantic says the real scandal is the NCAA's concept of amateurism, and the story makes a case for paying college athletes. In his piece, historian Taylor Branch argues for paying athletes and also says a spate of lawsuits making their way through the courts could destroy the NCAA.

NPR's Frank Deford called it "the most important article ever written about college sports."

Guest:

  • Taylor Branch, Pulitizer Prize winning historian

This segment aired on September 23, 2011.

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