I published an op-ed in 1991 calling for the end of amateurism in big time college sports, that offered an ethnic analysis of amateurism: basically, it’s an idea that appealed to the English upper classes and not to too many others. (…).
You could make a race-based case against college sports amateurism: assume that people with IQs of 85 or lower won’t get anything out of being on a college campus. That’s only 1 out of 6 whites, which isn’t a huge fraction. But, it’s 1 out of 2 blacks, which is. It’s not right to make being smart enough for college a bottleneck for such a large fraction of top athletes.