shamateurism

noun
sham·​a·​teur·​ism | \ ˈshaməˌtərˌizəm, -ətəˌri-, -əˌt(y)u̇(ə)rˌi-, -əˌchu̇(ə)rˌi-, -əchəˌri- \
plural -s

Definition of shamateurism

: the practice of treating certain athletes as amateurs so that they will be eligible for amateur competition while subsidizing them with illegal payments or with excessive expense money

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History and Etymology for shamateurism

blend of sham entry 3 and amateurism

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“Shamateurism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shamateurism. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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