The article traces the history of the most powerful body in amateur sports, the NCAA, discussing the regulation of amateur sports before it arose, the factors that led to its creation, early definitions of amateurism, key issues facing the early body, its promotion of University amateur sports as a training ground for soldiers during World War I, emerging conflicts among members, its treatment of collegiate segregation policies and campus neglect of women's sports opportunities, and how past problems in amateur sports regulation were prologue for the issues facing intercollegiate athletics regulators and participants today.
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GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2012-6; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-6
W. Carter, The Age of Innocence: The First 25 Years of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, 1906 to 1931, 8 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 211 (2006).