The National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that the Northwestern University football players can unionize. This is a ruling that will make massive waves in college sports. This ruling makes the football ball players at Northwestern University employees of the university under federal law, creating the first college athlete’s union. The lead of the unionization of college football was former Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter, with the help of the United Steelworkers Union.
This is a huge leap forward in the college football world for those like me that believe that the college athletes deserve the right to earn money from playing their respective sport. The athletes that head the formation of the union say they are looking to receive better medical coverage, concussion testing, four-year scholarships, and are exploring the possibility of getting paid. It’s about time!
Northwestern University released a statement Wednesday saying that they will be filing an appeal saying that the players are students, not employees, but the government now does.
This is a huge move forward in college sports. This does not necessarily mean that players will get paid to play, but this does mean the players will finally have a say in new rules and regulations that are made by the NCAA much like how the NFL players use the NFLPA to have a say in rules made by the NFL.
It will be interesting how this plays out. Northwestern players will have to vote on seeing if the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) will be created but for the most part there is no doubt it will pass. This will revolutionize college sports in the way it is perceived in the entertainment industry.