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Coming to a Neighborhood Near You—Unionization of College Athletes

February 19, 2014

Articles

Coming to a Neighborhood Near You—Unionization of College Athletes

February 19, 2014

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The issue of paying college athletes is not new news. But the smoldering debate has recently erupted into a full-blown wild fire. How? For the first time, college athletes—specifically, football players at Northwestern University—have taken formal steps to form a labor union by filing an application with the National Labor Relations Board, and a hearing was convened on Tuesday. If permitted to join a union, NCAA athletes will have an organization to bargain on their behalf with colleges about scholarships, transfer rules, player safety and, ultimately—the grand enchilada—compensation. When asked to explain the impetus behind the union petition drive, Kain Colter, Northwestern’s starting QB ranted, “Right now the NCAA is like a dictatorship. No one represents us in negotiations. The only way things are going to change is if players have a union.”

Read the entire blog post and learn more about the unionization of college athletes on the Fish Litigation Blog.

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