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Board rules that college football players are employees, not just students

This news story was published on March 26, 2014.
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northwestern_footballNIT – In what may be another step in the direction of college football players getting paid dollars and not just tuition, room and board, a ruling was handed down today that will allow football players at a major university to unionize.

According to Northwestern University, a ruling came down from the National Labor Relations Board, saying that Northwestern University  football players are employees and can unionize.

Northwestern – with a Big Ten football team – says it will appeal the ruling.

In a statement, the university said “Northwestern University is disappointed by today’s ruling by the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board finding that Northwestern University’s football players who receive grant-in-aid scholarships are employees.  Northwestern believes strongly that our student-athletes are not employees, but students. Unionization and collective bargaining are not the appropriate methods to address the concerns raised by student-athletes.”

In January, the College Athletes Player Association (CAPA) submitted a petition to the National Labor Relations Board to assert the labor rights of Northwestern University football players. If successful, athletes across the nation could eventually establish a national players association that will fight what the organization calls “unjust NCAA rules”.

College football rakes in millions of dollars every year at major universities like Northwestern, but the players have never been paid.


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2 Responses to Board rules that college football players are employees, not just students

  1. LVS Reply Report comment

    March 28, 2014 at 10:08 am

    This could backfire very easily. A lot of the smaller college’s have already dropped football because of cost. If they can’t make what they think they should they just might stop giving out scholarship’s (a bad name for subsidizing football) or drop the programs altogether.

  2. Lawsteward Reply Report comment

    March 27, 2014 at 6:26 am

    …it’s too bad we don’t pay “scholars” for doing the work and getting good grades…