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Northwestern University football players
can unionize, federal agency says

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 3/26/2014 3:40:31 PM

Chicago - In a ruling that could revolutionize college sports, a federal agency has given football players at Northwestern University the green light to unionize. Wednesday´s landmark ruling by a regional director of National Labor Relations Board means the players are deemed employees under federal law and so can create the nation´s first college athletes´ union. Union lawyers argued the Big Ten school´s football players are part of a commercial enterprise that generates hefty profits through their labor. The NCAA, Big Ten Conference and the private school vehemently opposed the union drive. Northwestern argued that college athletes are

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Another bad liberal ruling. Being the big man on campus will now take on a new meaning.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: rbwkc, 3/26/2014 3:49:50 PM     (No. 9785463)

I agree with the bad ruling comment. But, the NCAA and their strict rules have brought this on themselves. Calls for change have been out there for decades and the NCAA has resisted. And this is the result.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 3/26/2014 3:50:02 PM     (No. 9785464)

This is the dumbest thing I´ve heard of in a pretty good while.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lazlototh, 3/26/2014 3:50:35 PM     (No. 9785465)

Ultraliberal colleges will now have to deal with 18-22 year old athletes in a union....pretty funny.

It could be the beginning of the end for big-time college sports, or just the beginning of the end for Northwestern University as part of the big time. Either way the world will go on. I don´t like the administration or its labor policies, but there´s something funny about this and while I can´t quite figure out how yet it seems certain to backfire.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 3/26/2014 3:50:41 PM     (No. 9785466)

"Hey coach, nice football stadium you got here... be a shame if anything happened to it, huh? Now, about ´Joey Football´, the 2nd string quarterback. It sure would be nice if he were starting this Saturday, don´t you think? Yep, sure is a nice stadium..."

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dman, 3/26/2014 3:54:24 PM     (No. 9785471)

Yup, another agency deconstructing America.

"CAPA attorneys argued that college football is, for all practical purposes, a commercial enterprise that relies on players´ labor to generate billions of dollars in profits."

I find it hard to disagree with that. Just what percentage of athletic proceeds support academic programs? But that is a matter for the college boards and alumni, and not bureaucrats, to decide. No one is forced, economically or otherwise, to play college ball.

Rather than undermining college sports, how about abolishing the NLRB?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: nimby, 3/26/2014 3:57:37 PM     (No. 9785479)

Nail in the coffin. Northwestern is not a great football team anyway.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TXknitter, 3/26/2014 3:58:23 PM     (No. 9785482)

Rush was right all along. Football has been in liberal sites for a long time. They are destroying it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: M2, 3/26/2014 4:03:29 PM     (No. 9785493)

Well, there goes college football.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 3/26/2014 4:04:13 PM     (No. 9785496)

In principle, I agree. In practice, I have no idea where you go with it. QB on a top 10 school "should" earn close to seven figures. My guess is they´ll settle for six figures in a trust account, and minimum wage to sit on the bench. When that´s on top of a full ride to Stanford, that´s pretty good pay, actually.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Mass Minority, 3/26/2014 4:04:39 PM     (No. 9785497)

Kind of a Gordian knot isn´t it? An athletes eligibility to play college sports is dependant on their amateur status. Joining a Union, which is by definition a professional organization should automatically disqualify any member from participating in college sports.

Or is the Government going to force a private organization to change its bylaws to accommodate a politically preferred group over politically voiceless one?

Tell them they can unionize all they want, they just cannot compete as professionals in an amateur league. That means no conference standings, no big media stoked rivalries, no bowl games, No big TV contracts and a rapid loss of alumni interest (and money).

Nice stadium you got there coach, be a darned shame if you couldn´t give the seats away cause your only opponents are the local community college and the YMCA club team.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 3/26/2014 4:07:42 PM     (No. 9785505)

I am with # 1. The NCAA has ruled as a very petty body and brought this upon themselves. Is basketball next?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: earlybird, 3/26/2014 4:12:07 PM     (No. 9785513)

Northwestern pondering dropping this level football.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Pearson365, 3/26/2014 4:18:34 PM     (No. 9785522)

Since this ruling would include college basketball, will it impact Obama´s televised bracket picks. "Ah, ur, the Big Ten players union contributed $500,000 to Organzing for Obama, so I´ll go with ....."

College football & basketball coaches are paid enormous salaries, with head coaches earning $3 to $6 million per year, guaranteed for 3 to 8 years even if they are dismissed. Offensive & Defensive Coordinators earn $900,000 to $1.5 million per year. Hard to talk about student athletes when those who coach them are earning Wall Street incomes.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: babelfish30101, 3/26/2014 4:23:30 PM     (No. 9785528)

If I´m the NCAA, I simply stop scheudling Northwestern games.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Howard Adams, 3/26/2014 4:24:35 PM     (No. 9785531)

It is time for Northwestern to consider moving to Division III.

Several peer institutions would might like to have them: e.g., University Athletic Association (UAA) which is comprised of UChicago, Washington St Louis, Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve, Emory, NYU, Rochester and Brandeis.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: KingBubo, 3/26/2014 4:30:48 PM     (No. 9785548)

Sorry coach, I don´t play special teams. I was recruited to play free saftey and that´s all I´ll play.

Good for them! Not the ideal, but better than the status quo.

Big question is how will this affect title Ix if other athletes follow suit?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: whitegoldwing, 3/26/2014 4:37:55 PM     (No. 9785563)

I hate taxatiion but if these morons want a union, then all their tuition and all the benefits football players get should be taxed.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Rabidrabbit1, 3/26/2014 4:52:48 PM     (No. 9785585)

Will they cross the picket line when the unions go into contract negotiations with the food vendors and the owners?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: bighambone, 3/26/2014 4:59:14 PM     (No. 9785593)

Well, will head football coaches have to negotiate with the union before they assign players to positions, or what happens during a game when a coach calls a certain play and the union disagrees with his call, will there be mitigation on the sidelines as 100,000 fans cool their heels?

I agree that the liberal Democrats have had NCAA and NFL football in their sights now for awhile and would love to sabotage it to death as being a health and safety hazard. Remember this is an Obama run agency official who made this ruling.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: eiobx, 3/26/2014 5:00:30 PM     (No. 9785596)

I just saw that Coach K got a new multimillion dollar contract. There sure is a lot of money involved. We know that especially college basketball players leave after their freshman year, partly for the money but also as insurance that they can make the money before they have a career ending injury. Why not allow the college players to receive compensation that will both keep them playing at the college level and keep them in school? Apparently scholarship money is not enough to convince them to stay, and can you blame them? Look at the fortunes being made by coaches and NCAA officials.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: stablemoney, 3/26/2014 5:22:25 PM     (No. 9785623)

Since the players have been ruled employees, they can get w-2´s, 1099´s, and file their tax returns.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: LamontCranston, 3/26/2014 5:27:27 PM     (No. 9785637)

The NCAA couldn´t lead an army of rats towards a wedge of cheese. I ALWAYS support players over owners. The coaches are making millions the schools are making billions and the players are getting concussions and injuries for nothing. Had the NCAA reformed years ago as EVERYONE left right and center was urging them to this ruling would NEVER have occurred.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Gordon Mills, 3/26/2014 5:31:38 PM     (No. 9785648)

Can you imagine 100,000 spectators waiting for the kickoff and suddenly it is announced that the game will not be played because of a players wildcat strike?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: MDConservative, 3/26/2014 5:41:30 PM     (No. 9785656)

This is easy enough...no scholarships, walk ons only. Let the BMOCs buy a ticket in the student section, or pay their own way. One year will kill the union.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: nevernaught, 3/26/2014 6:34:10 PM     (No. 9785735)

Northwestern should and will take this to court. If they don´t win, it´s goodbye Football. Another solution, goodbye scholarships. Then where would they go. certainly no other school would take the players.

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