Stunning Ruling Could Change College Sports

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CHICAGO (AP) — In a ruling that could revolutionize college sports, a federal agency has given football players at Northwestern University the green light to unionize.

Wednesday’s landmark ruling by a regional director of National Labor Relations Board means the players are deemed employees under federal law and so can create the nation’s first college athletes’ union.

Union lawyers argued the Big Ten school’s football players are part of a commercial enterprise that generates hefty profits through their labor.

The NCAA, Big Ten Conference and the private school vehemently opposed the union drive. Northwestern argued that college athletes are students and can’t be put in the same category as factory workers.

The ruling in Chicago by director Peter Ohr can be appealed to the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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2 comments

  • matt

    Im a union steelworker and believe that they can be a union…but make them pay for their own schooling now

  • Jim

    Colleges “buy” meat for their athletic teams regardless of acedemic ability. These schools then pay absurd amounts of money to keep the kids eligible. If athletes unionize, it will cost schools even more money. For parents who are actually working to pay for your kid’s tuition, do you really want your money going to these programs and the over paid gym teachers that coach them?

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