In the late 1800’s, football played by college teams was a brutal sport but enjoyed by many fans.
However, from 1900 to 1905, there were 45 players who died playing the sport (22).
Perhaps it’s because of the current economic climate and everyone, including amateur athletes is looking for ways to make money?
Or maybe it’s because many higher learning institutions have given the public access to their annual budget and readers focus on the profit of select athletic programs?
Savage also states that “alumni devices for recruiting winning teams constitutes the most disgraceful phase of recent intercollegiate athletics” (9, p. In sum, the original 1929 report claimed that “big time” college sports were not educational, but were entirely financial and commercial.
Athletes during the early and mid-1900’s were routinely recruited and paid to play; and there were several instances where individuals representing the schools were not enrolled as students.NCAA President Mark Emmert reports the NCAA revenues for the 2010-11 fiscal year is projected at 7 million, of which 2.2 million will go to Division I members (14).While seemingly operating in a purely capitalistic/professional atmosphere, the NCAA continues to endorse an amateurism concept in college athletics.After passing Title IX in the mid 1970’s, the NCAA absorbed the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) and began to govern women’s sport at the collegiate level.Over the past 50 years, the NCAA has also expanded into three divisions with a multitude of championship events on a yearly basis (20).Those were presidents of universities that today make up the Ivy League.They concluded that it was not in the best interest of their universities to award athletic scholarships, and have remained steadfast even today.In a regatta between Harvard and Yale Universities, Harvard used a coxswain who was not even a student enrolled at the Ivy League school (5).Much like today’s universities whose appetites for appearances in corporate-sponsored “big money” football bowl events; Harvard may have used the non-student to please regatta sponsor Elkins Railroad (23).For example, there is one report of a Midwestern university using seven members of its team that included the town blacksmith, a lawyer, a livery man, and four railroad employees (5).Other athletes at colleges were given high paying jobs for which they did little or no work.