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Ralph Nader proposes elimination of college athletic scholarships

March 24, 2011 |  1:46 pm

Nader_250 Ralph Nader wants to "de-professionalize" college athletes. His plan: Eliminate scholarships.

In a proposal obtained by the Associated Press on Thursday, ahead of its official release, Nader puts forth a plan that he says will restore academic integrity to collegiate sports by replacing college athletic scholarships with need-based financial aid.

Nader says the idea would reduce the "win-at-all-costs" mentality of high school sports because the incentive of college scholarships will no longer be there.

The plan is being proposed through Nader's League of Fans, a group whose goal is to reform sports.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Ralph Nader in 2008. Credit: Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press

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