View Full Version : So Begins the Unionization of College Football Players

03-26-2014, 06:53 PM
Northwestern players get union vote

In a potentially game-changing moment for college athletics, the Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Wednesday that Northwestern football players qualify as employees of the university and can unionize.

NLRB regional director Peter Sung Ohr cited the players' time commitment to their sport and the fact that their scholarships were tied directly to their performance on the field as reasons for granting them union rights.

Ohr wrote in his ruling that the players "fall squarely within the [National Labor Relations] Act's broad definition of 'employee' when one considers the common law definition of 'employee.'"

Ohr ruled that the players can hold a vote on whether they want to be represented by the College Athletes Players Association, which brought the case to the NLRB along with former Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter and the United Steelworkers union.FOR THE REST OF THE STORY (http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/10677763/northwestern-wildcats-football-players-win-bid-unionize)

03-26-2014, 07:06 PM
It's like Whack-A-Mole... if it pops up, I post it.


03-26-2014, 07:17 PM

Dang, always a step ahead of me!:rake:

Oh well, the follow up article should be informative.


03-27-2014, 12:54 AM
It'll be interesting to see how this affects recruiting, especially if a private university has a union that has fought for health insurance subsidies compared to a state school that hasn't.