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College Athletes Can Unionize, Federal Agency Says




Today has been a long day coming for college sports. All the money generated in memorabilia, ticket sales, TV broadcasts has all gone to the institution. But what about the players that make it all possible?

Well, today they gained an edge with the decision by the National Labor Relations Board saying that football players at Northwestern University can unionize. It isn’t all about the money though. Check out the full article from ABCNews.com.


In a stunning ruling that has the potential to revolutionize college athletics, a federal agency said Wednesday that football players at Northwestern University can create the nation’s first college athlete’s union.
The decision by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board means it agrees football players at the Big Ten school qualify as employees under federal law and therefore can legally unionize.
The NCAA has been under increasing scrutiny over its amateurism rules and is fighting a class-action federal lawsuit by former players seeking a cut of the billions of dollars earned from live broadcasts, memorabilia sales and video games. Other lawsuits allege the NCAA failed to protect players from debilitating head injuries…

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