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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Courts - NLRB rules that college athletes are employees and can form unions

The NYT story by Ben Strauss and Steve Eder begins:

CHICAGO — 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.

For decades, the major college sports have functioned on the bedrock principle of the student-athlete, with players receiving scholarships to pay for their education in exchange for their hours of practicing and competing for their university. But Peter Ohr, the regional N.L.R.B. director, tore down that familiar construct in a 24-page decision.

The NCAA's official statement is here.

Bloomberg's Mason Levinson's story is headed "Northwestern Football Ruling May Change U.S. College Sports."

A Sports Illustrated column
by Andy Stapes is headed "Northwestern ruling sends clear message: NCAA, it's time to negotiate."

The NLRB ruling can be accessed from this page.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 27, 2014 11:44 AM
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