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The NCAA Finally Acknowledges What Athletes Have Known All Along: Participating in College Sports is a Job

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"There's an irony that one gets paid for playing, that play should bring in money. When you sell play, that makes it hard for pure, recreational play, for play as an art, to exist. It's corrupted, it's made harder, perhaps it's brutalized, but it's still there." - Eric Nesterenko in Working, by Studs Terkel

When Nesterenko gave that quote to Terkel in the early 1970's, as part of an interview for Terkel's seminal oral history about American working life, he was on the tail end of a multi-decade hockey career that had seen him win a Stanley Cup and play over 1,000 games as a professional player.