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Why High School And Amateur Sports Are Increasingly Professionalized

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Ray Anderson (@SunDevilRay23) is Arizona State University’s Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director. His prior position (2006-2013) was Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the National Football League. He received both the 2015 Paul J. Tagliabue Award and the John Wooten Lifetime Achievement Award, two of the NFL’s most prestigious honors. His earlier career included practices in law and as a sports agent, capitalizing on his juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School and his experience lettering in baseball and football at Stanford University, where he earned a political science degree.

In this video, Anderson attributes an increase in the professionalization of high school and amateur sports to the increased distribution channels, such as the proliferation of TV networks. As more money flows into sports, including the lower competitive levels, more athletes get the idea that they should be paid.