Ralph Nader Calls for Ending Athletic Scholarships

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WASHINGTON— Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is calling for the elimination of college athletic scholarships, saying the move is necessary to "de-professionalize" college athletes.

Nader's League of Fans, a group aimed at reforming sports, proposes that the scholarships be replaced with need-based financial aid. He says that would help restore academic integrity to college sports. [See U.S. News's exclusive rankings of colleges and universities.]

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the proposal Thursday, ahead of its official release. [See which members of Congress get the most money from education interests.]

Nader, a former presidential candidate, argues that his plan would also help reduce the "win-at-all-costs" mentality in high schools, by reducing the incentive of college scholarships.