Can someone explain why college athletes can’t make money? I’m sure there are reasons…

Here’s an overview:

In general, amateurism requirements do not allow:
Contracts with professional teams
Salary for participating in athletics
Prize money above actual and necessary expenses
Play with professionals
Tryouts, practice or competition with a professional team
Benefits from an agent or prospective agent
Agreement to be represented by an agent
Delayed initial full-time collegiate enrollment to participate in organized sports competition
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