Northwestern student-athletes won their case to unionize. The National Labor Relation Board ruled that scholarship athletes should be considered “employees” with the rights to unionize under Federal Law.
The next step will be a vote of the full NLRB in the next few months. Also if approved (after years of appeals from the NCAA and colleges) questions regarding such things as workers comp, health benefits, working conditions and minimum wage must be decided.
I personally think this is a bad idea on many levels, once you start paying amateurs don’t they become pros? How is it that this only applies to athletes on scholarships, will it just apply to football or all sports that make money, like tennis, golf, lacrosse etc. It seems to me that non-scholarship athletes contribute to their sports as well, I think we’re looking at a can of worms here.
One student testified that players often work 14 hours a day to prepare for the season, well does practice bring in any money, my guess is no. Can the school decide how many hours one can work on the sport. Also are these students prepared to negotiate with colleges for the benefits they want. How many people out in the real world get paid according to how much the company makes, very few. How do the students decide how much each players get, is it an hourly wage or a set price. Do quarterbacks get more then running makes, lots of questions.
If this happens, which it probably will at some point, I may just stop watching college football, since I already watch profession football. I say you agreed to play your sport for a free education, take it or leave it.
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