I'm old enough to remember all Olympians being "amateurs"..
-You were banned if you got money for it.
It still drew a crowd, and they were still good at it.
The same with cricketers, before Kerry Packer cashed-in.
Eeeermm I think this is just wishful thinking. Cricketers have long been paid, it pretty much started off as a professional sport. I thought Rugby Union was amateur and League professional? Even that distinction would be to ignore the boot money and "jobs for the boys".
But maybe you're right JV, maybe we should go back to all amateur sports, leave it to those people who can afford the cost of training and travel.,