Skip to comments.Federal Official Again Declares That College Football Players Can Unionize
Posted on 02/22/2017 10:02:30 AM PST by reaganaut1
A hallmark of the federal bureaucracy under Obama was that it pushed the boundaries of government power at every step, especially when doing so helped groups allied to the Democratic Party.
Labor unions are one of those groups. Even though many individual workers dont favor the Democrats, the union hierarchy has hitched its fortunes to them. Theyre always looking for any advantage that politicians or bureaucrats can give them.
Back in 2014, Big Labor got excited over the possibility of unionizing college football players when the National Labor Relations Boards regional director in Chicago ruled that members of Northwestern Universitys football team were eligible to vote for union representation if they wanted. The key to that ruling was the regional directors opinion that college football players are employees within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act and therefore eligible to unionize.
That was a big stretch of the law, as I wrote at the time. Unlike all other employees, college football players do not have contracts to work for the school as athletes. Theyve been admitted to a college or university as students and can be removed from the team or even fail out of school if their academic work is not good enough. In no other job does a workers ability to remain on the job depend on a factor having nothing to do with his or her job performance.
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stupid. Just Stupid.
If you want it to die.
If the football players are employees doesn't that mean that they have turned Pro and are no longer eligible to play in the NCAA?
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Call it what it is; a farm system for pro ball. It should be run and paid for as it were just that. As so many things in universities now, completely useless and of no purpose for what a university should be and do.
Where is the constitutional federal question in this case? Otherwise the only way this federal court could hear the case is if there was diversity (plaintiffs from a different state than the defendants). Very hard to believe a local issue like this had diversity. If it is a diversity case, the judge would need to rule along the lines of state law.
If this wasn’t a diversity case, then it would seem that this federal judge has no constitutional authority to interfere with this high-school issue and the locality with he state’s support should nullify and reject this invalid federal court decision.
You wanna see boycotts of CFB and CBB games? Try it and watch the numbers fall like crazy
ESPN will also be in panic mode, more so than now
Don’t you have to be an employee??
This all sounds like a good thing, everything considered.
If you’re not a college football player, why would anyone care? Since our colleges are unfortunately farm systems for the NFL or NBA, why not have the NFL or the NBA teams sign individual players and pay them a minor league salary.
In the past I would not agree. Now it’s such big business the colleges are using the athletes big time. Too many don’t even belong on a campus of any kind.
They already are, effectively. De facto if not de jure.
A gravy train for the colleges.
I think its quite smart.
It would help restore the idea of the playing fields of Eton vs the Roman Colosseum.
Amateur athletics for the sake of physical fitness and character development vs a public spectacle put on by paid gladiators.
I don't know that this analysis is correct - keeping a scholarship is dependent on all of these things: performance, academics, institutional rules, everything.
By the same token, there are requirements - and most are not written down - of "regular" employees... performance, showing up, maintaining industry competencies, etc.
Let them do it. The NCAA teams will whittle down within two years to twelve teams max.
I do agree...the colleges are raking in a fair amount of money.
Richard F. Griffin, Jr. was sworn in as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board on November 4, 2013 for a four year term. Prior to becoming General Counsel, Mr. Griffin served as a Board Member from January 9, 2012 through August 2, 2013.