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NLRB: College Players Granted Right to Form Union

Poseur wrote about this issue in January, "Don't Believe the Hype: It's (Partly) About Paying Players."

Yesterday, "a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that a group of Northwestern football players were employees of the university and have the right to form a union and bargain collectively."

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"The decision could give momentum to those who believe the N.C.A.A. should modify its rules on how athletes are compensated. The ruling applies only to scholarship football players at Northwestern, but the precedent could extend to other Division I scholarship football players at similar private universities. (Collective bargaining at public universities is governed by state law, not the N.L.R.B.)

"It’s another brick being taken out of the castle the N.C.A.A. has constructed," said the ESPN analyst Jay Bilas, a former college basketball player. "It’s not going to stand forever, and we’re getting closer and closer to it tumbling."

via the NYT:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/27/sports/ncaafootball/national-labor-relations-board-rules-northwestern-players-are-employees-and-can-unionize.html

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