Skip to comments.Get ready for the destruction of college football by organized labor
Posted on 04/04/2014 10:21:41 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
Last year, twenty one year old Northwestern University quarterback Kain Colter decided he could revolutionize the way collegiate athletes are treated by forming the first players union in NCAA athletics. A union would put the athletes in a position to bargain, to demand things that college athletes have never had before like stipends, continuing medical coverage after graduation, more concussion testing and even a portion of the profits of the multi-billion dollar windfall created by college football and basketball, writes CNN reporter Sara Ganim of the benefits players might realize. (1)
On March 26th, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional office in Chicago removed a major impediment preventing players seeking union representation by ruling that Northwestern University is an employer. This makes the approximately 85 players on scholarship university employees, enabling them to organize the first labor union in college athletics. The newly formed union could
seek representation with the College Athletes Players Association, a first-of-its-kind labor organization, backed by the United Steelworkers. It was the United Steelworkers that financed the players efforts...
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Woulldn’t it make a better statement to pay them a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour?
Ridiculous. Guess they lost a few good players to a “brain” profession.
Mess with college sports? Please, try.
For one thing, the games are going to get a Hell of a lot longer.
Time and a Half for Overtime!
It will not destroy all of college football, as it will only destroy the football programs that do not currently make money.
My brother and I have discussed this at length. I’m afraid that by the end of my lifetime colleges are going to drop athletics altogether. The football fans calling college football “modern day slavery” better be careful what they ask for.
Between the thugs in the NFL and unions in college football.....
Football is destroying itself.
I have a better solution. If the players want to go down that road, the colleges should readily agree, then completely cut off all scholarships to athletes in all sports, and any benefits or perks.
It would be interesting to watch that happen.
College football cannot survive if the players are paid ringers, which is ultimately where this is going if they’re unionized. Minimum class loads, limited eligibility, etc. all go away. Cancelled seasons due to labor disputes are only a matter of time. Fan support will dry up.
Organized labor destroys whatever it touches.
The scholarships are actually a key component of the rationale to allow unionization. In fact, walk on players can’t even be part of the union. Nor can players at state schools. The whole thing is as big a cluster f*ck as Obamacare.
Take away the scholarships and the perks and you have DIII. I don’t think those schools are bringing in quite the TV revenue that BCS schools taking in.
Seriously, I see no reason why colleges need to provide farm team services to the NFL. I enjoy college football myself but think it is a travesty that a lot of guys who aren't college material get sucked into playing football and don't even get a decent college education in return.
With all the worthless, unmarketable degrees out there, you'd think a college could at least train them to sell cars or run a restaurant so they could at least make a living if they don't make it to the NFL.
USC, LSU, UCLA, Michigan, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio State et al. will be able to pay their players and even make more money from TV contracts.
I predict the end of the NFL draft within a few years. Why should the best players in college be coerced against their will to play for the worst teams in the NFL. It’s not fair.
I won’t be surprised if his happens.
It’s gonna suck when they make their scholarships, housing, food, taxable income...
And the union workers are not ‘modern slaves’ to the union bosses? WHY do so many unions have to force people to join their organization?
Today’s young-un’s are simpletons and naïve, like the youngs of all ages.
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