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This paper will discuss the current issue of paying college level athletes, who will be referred to as “student-athlete(s)” through the rest of this paper. With the current challenge from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) against the state of California involving the removal of the amateurism rule, it is more relevant now than ever to look at what is involved in paying student-athletes and how it could impact the current landscape of college athletics. This paper will examine both the positive and negative impact of removing amateurism within college athletics and come to a final recommendation for all stakeholders. Higher education institutions need to work as a combined force to work with the NCAA on changing the amateurism rule and allowing student-athletes to profit off the talents they provide to their programs and the greater community
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