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School Athletics and Gate Money

B. M. Randolph, M.D.
JAMA. 1914;LXIII(22):1970. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570220080033.
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To the Editor:  —I was much interested in the editorial on "High School Athletics" (The Journal, Nov. 14, 1914, p. 1765). I should like to see another dealing with the prevention of the evil therein discussed. My own experience, embracing my own student life at school and college, with participation in their athletic activities, three years as teacher in boys' boarding schools, and the observation of sixteen years as a physician sharpened by a never-waning interest in educational subjects, has long since led me to the conclusion that the key to the evil is gate money.Students as individuals do not engage in professionalism, but colleges collectively do so, as surely as do the owners of the baseball league teams. They do not receive their profits in the form of dividend checks, but in the increased attendance and students' fees, and in endowment. The money received is spent on trainers,


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