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The National Labor Relations Board ducks making a ruling on Collage Sports players unionizing…

The issue IS a complicted one….

But I think something very simple that needs to be acknowledged….

In Big League College sports?

Players….Who happen to be students EARN hundreds of millions of dollars for their school’s….

Their school’s have signed on to an organization, The NCAA, that tightly regulates those student athletes , but rceieves millions from their labor, which they do NO GET PAID FOR……

In this dogs eye?

The school’s and the NCAA are stealing money from the players who SHOULD have a cut….PERIOD….

The National Labor Relations Board halted the unionization efforts of Northwestern’s football players in a unanimous decision Monday, dismissing the players’ petition and handing a major victory to the NCAA and universities trying to preserve the longstanding structure of college athletics.

The board opted not to exert its jurisdiction in the case and declined to address whether student-athletes are akin to university employees. In its ruling, the board explained that had it rendered a more weighty judgment or supported a decision made last year by an NLRB regional director that football players are school employees, the complicated system of college athletics could be compromised. Allowing Northwestern’s football team to unionize “would not promote stability in labor relations,” the board said.

“The NCAA’s oversight renders individual team bargaining problematic,” the ruling stated.

“They’ve essentially said, ‘On policy grounds, we don’t think it’s appropriate to touch this today,’” said Steven Bernstein, a Tampa-based attorney who specializes in labor issues. “For lack of a better word, this represents the board’s attempt to punt. It’s a quick kick on third and long.”


About the Money in College Sports…..

Huffington Post does a piece on How Much Money is being made in College sports…..

This as an info piece related to the Northwestern athlete’s recent NLRB ruling entitling them to organize….

When it comes to college sports, a lot of money is at stake.

A recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board to allow players at Northwestern University to vote to unionize, coupled with a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA arguing student-athletes should be paid, has shaken the college sports world, threatening to disrupt a multi-billion dollar business.

The NCAA, a nonprofit, has long argued it’s an amateur model, the athletes are students first and they are compensated through scholarships.

But that defense is challenged when, after he and his team became the national champions of men’s basketball, University of Connecticut player Shabazz Napier opened up about going to bed hungry as a student-athlete.

“We’re definitely blessed to get scholarships to our universities, but at the end of the day, that doesn’t cover everything,” Napier told a group of reporters, adding, “I don’t think student-athletes should get hundreds of thousands of dollars, but … there are hungry nights that I go to bed and I’m starving.”

The Most Profitable Teams Make Ridiculous Amounts Of Money

Despite UConn winning the national title in both men’s and women’s basketball this year, Napier plays for a program that actually loses money. According to FindTheBest, a website that collected data submitted to the Education Department’s Office of Postsecondary Education, UConn’s basketball program ran $2.36 million in the red in the 2013 fiscal year. (Still, UConn men’s head coach Kevin Olliemakes $1.25 million annually.)

However, many other hoops teams collect millions in profit.

And yet, the real money is in college football.

At Northwestern, where players are considering unionizing, football and basketball are the only two sports bringing in cash — and no small amount, either. The Illinois school’s football program collects $8.4 million in profits annually, while basketball nabs $3.9 million per year, according to FindTheBest…..