Northwestern University Football Players Can Unionize, NLRB Says

Source: ABC 7 Chicago

EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern University football players can unionize, according to a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that could revolutionize college sports.

The National Labor Relations Board determined Wednesday that Northwestern University football players who receive grant-in-aid scholarships are employees of the school. The ruling could pave the way for NU players to become the first college athletes’ union.

Shortly after the ruling was announced, Northwestern football player Kain Colter tweeted, “So proud of my teammates, Ramogi, lawyers and supporters around the nation! This is a HUGE win for ALL college athletes.”

Union lawyers argued the Big Ten school’s football players help generate heft profits for the school through their labor. Northwestern, NCAA, and Big Ten Conference opposed the argument, and NU argued that college students can’t be put in the same category as factory workers.

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