piece on the subject, "The Northwestern Decision: An Explainer." (I think it could be the most underrated story of the year.) Money quote:
Amateurism has NEVER been about an ideal; it has ALWAYS been about control. In American college sports, it’s used to control the
economy of the game, ensuring that profits go to the organizers rather
than to the players whom fans are paying to watch.
Hat tip: Joe Tracy.