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12-31-2012, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Theokritos View Post
The Olympic Movement originally considered professionalism as an disease of modern society. But that's an idea of the 19th century that has faded a long time ago.
The idea also worked because the best athletes in the world were generally amateurs at the time. A career in professional sports was not considered viable so when a a college star was finished college, they were also generally finished with sports. Professional football was still generally dominated by amateurs until around the late 40s or early 50s.

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