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"Colleges Can Take Action Without An Athletes' Union," New York Times, March 28, 2014. 
The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics continues to strongly promote its principle that institutions must treat college athletes as students first and foremost, not as professionals. The commission supports many of the benefits being sought for college athletes by groups like the College Athletes Players Association, but unions are not needed to guarantee those benefits. Colleges can enact proposals long recommended by the commission for colleges to restore the educational role of athletics and improve athletes’ experiences. ...

"Promoting Academics in College sports,"New York Times, March 13, 2012.
Advocating policy change to emphasize the “college” in college sports has been the mission of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for more than two decades. Two core principles in its most recent report, Restoring the Balance: Dollars, Values and the Future of College Sports, are to treat college athletes first and foremost as students — not as professionals — and to reward practices that make educational values a top priority. ...

"Tackling college football fantasy leagues," Los Angeles Times, Aug. 30, 2008.
This weekend, Terrapins, Trojans, Mustangs and more take to the gridiron, kicking off the college football season. This week also marks the start of a new era in college football, one in which fantasy leagues run by commercial entities exploit college players as their virtual game pieces.  These online fantasy leagues, which use the real names and statistics of collegiate athletes, raise a crucial question for higher education leaders: Is it amateurism in college sports that has become a fantasy? ...

"Keep 'pro' out of college sports," Indianapolis Star, Apr. 2, 2006.
March Madness is about to reach its finale. Without a doubt, the tournament in America's favorite amateur sports event. CBS pays the NCAA roughly half a billion dollars a year for the right to broadcast the tournament, and it knows what it needs for that investment to pay off: "if we (CBS) do not embrace amateurism, we will not have a product that people want to watch" ...