Podcast: How does NCAA’s amateurism rules impact a player like Zion Williamson?

Zion Williamson of the Duke Blue Devils is the top player in collegiate basketball but is held to restrictive amateurism rules by the NCAA. Why does the NCAA still hold on to the amateurism model?  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Why aren’t star college athletes paid? Why does the NCAA have such restrictive rules? How long have these rules existed? One cannot understand much of what occurs in sport without understanding amateurism. To make informed policy decisions understanding the history of amateurism and why the rules, particularly NCAA rules, have evolved to where the are, a grasp of the history of amateurism is essential. This conversation with Dr. Victoria Jackson on Why Sport Matters with Kenneth Shropshire is the first in a series seeking to help us all be better informed on this important issue.