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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.”


Northwestern University Appeals NLRB Ruling on sports players organizing….

This one’s gonna be bounced up the judicial ladder I’d think…..

It could vast implications for college sports and their players…..

Northwestern University filed an appeal to the National Labor Relations Board over the agency’s decision to declare the school’s scholarship football players employees who can unionize.

The university said NLRB Regional Director Peter Sung Ohr’s unprecedented decision overlooked or ignored important evidence Northwestern had presented showing its student-athletes are primarily students and not employees. Northwestern cited its 97% graduation rate among its football players, for example, which it says demonstrates the school’s emphasis on its “student-athletes” academic success.

In the appeal, filed on Wednesday with the NLRB’s headquarters in Washington, Northwestern said: “Based on the testimony of a single player, the [NLRB] regional director described Northwestern’ football program in a way that is unrecognizable from the evidence actually presented at the hearing.”

An NLRB spokesman had no comment on the appeal.

Northwestern said the decision improperly refused to apply a legal precedent from an NLRB decision 10 years ago involving Brown University. The NLRB held in that decision that Brown’s graduate assistants were mostly students, not employees. In his decision about Northwestern, the regional director went to great lengths to draw a distinction between the Northwestern athletes and the Brown University graduate assistants, labor lawyers not associated with the case said when they reviewed his decision several weeks ago…..