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date: 03 July 2020

Professionalism vs. Amateurism 

Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport
Jonathan M. ThomasJonathan M. THOMAS

The term amateurish often suggests deficiency or ineptness, while the term professional often is used as a compliment. Within sports reference, a “model” professional is a talented competitor whose conduct fits desirable values within society, including fairness and politeness. For many fans and occasional players, however, the act of competing as an unpaid “amateur” is still the main pleasure of sports. At the 1992 Barcelona Games, the US basketball “Dream Team” signaled the end of amateurism as a philosophy influencing Olympic eligibility criteria. ...

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