Calling the NCAA a dictatorship, Northwestern’s quarterback and the United Steelworkers announced plans Tuesday to form the first labor union for college athletes — the latest salvo in the bruising fight over whether amateur players should be paid.
Quarterback Kain Colter detailed the College Athletes Players Association at a news conference in Chicago, flanked by leaders of Steelworkers union that has agreed to pay legal bills for the effort. The NCAA and the Big Ten Conference both criticized the move and insisted that college athletes cannot be considered employees.
It will start with demands for something or another, but as always with unions (good or bad), it will end in the demand for more and more benefits, and especially more and more money. It is difficult to see universities and colleges dealing with such demands especially those of the monetary type simply because most (actually almost all) athletic departments operate in the red.
Amendment to the post since first published due to the discussion in the comments section.
Below I have taken the position that universities do not have as their mission running professional sports teams and as such will not want to deal with player unions. If true this will end the current format of college sports and might along with operating cost lead to the following.
Maybe college athletic teams will take the high school route in which one simply trys out for the team with no special benefits other than being on the team. Another solution is to make the athletic department separate from the university as an entity of it's own and paying rights to the university for the use of its name.