In a stunning ruling that has the potential to revolutionize college athletics, a federal agency said Wednesday that football players at Northwestern University can create the nation's first college athlete's union. The decision by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board means it agrees football players at the Big Ten school qualify as employees under federal law and therefore can legally unionize
For now, the push is to unionize athletes at private schools, such as Northwestern, because the federal labor agency does not have jurisdiction over public universities.
In response to this decision, a Northwestern spokesman said that if the players form a union, Northwestern will most likely drop division one football. Once it starts, it will steam roll all division one schools and all sports. Do schools want to run what are basically professional teams? Do I want to give to the Wolfpack Club to support what are pro teams? I just don't think so. I don't give money to the Nats or Redskins to pay their players other than the cost of my tickets. I think most schools will follow the lead of Northwestern.