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The notion of paying college football players has been an ongoing debate since the early 1900’s.With current television revenue resulting from NCAA football bowl games and March Madness in basketball, there is now a clamoring for compensating both football and basketball players beyond that of an athletic scholarship.
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).
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).
This prompted President Theodore Roosevelt to summon the presidents of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, and threaten them with a ban unless the sport was modified.
As a result of that meeting, a group of 62 university presidents convened to form the Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1906.
This group evolved into the NCAA in 1910, but as a group it only possessed supervisory power (22).
College football became even more popular in the period of 1920-1940.
This was a time when commercialism in the educational system was being questioned on a variety of levels.
One such fundamental question was posed in 1929 by Howard Savage, a staff member of the Carnegie Foundation.
He raised a question in an article entitled Athletics in American College (originally published in 1930 but reprinted in 1999) “whether an institution in the social order whose primary purpose is the development of the intellectual life can at the same time serve an agency to promote business, industry, journalism, and organized athletics on an extensive commercial basis?Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating