Judge Nap: Union Membership Ruling Could 'Radically Change' College Sports
In a precedent-setting case for college football, the NLRB ruled Wednesday that Northwestern University football players can unionize. The school plans to appeal the decision to the full board in Washington, D.C.
Part of a statement from Northwestern University reads:
Northwestern University is disappointed by today's ruling by the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board finding that Northwestern University's football players who receive grant-in-aid scholarships are employees and directing that a secret ballot election be held to determine whether the football players should be represented by the College Athletes Players Association for purposes of collective bargaining with Northwestern University.
While we respect the NLRB process and the regional director's opinion, we disagree with it. Northwestern believes strongly that our student-athletes are not employees, but students. Unionization and collective bargaining are not the appropriate methods to address the concerns raised by student-athletes.
Judge Andrew Napolitano gave us his analysis this morning on a ruling that could ultimately lead to college players getting paid. Napolitano told Brian Kilmeade that the NLRB official gave permission to student-athletes at non-public institutions to join a union if they are a sophomore, junior or senior.
Players at Northwestern can now, with a majority vote, form a union and collectively bargain with coaches and administrators.
"If the ruling is undisturbed, it will radically change the relationship between player-athletes and their coaches and schools," he said.
He explained that any real changes to college sports could take years to play out, as legal actions make their way through the court system. There are multiple lawsuits against the NCAA that argue players should receive more than just the value of their scholarship.
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Below, you can see Judge Nap's appearance on Shepard Smith Reporting just after the decision came down Wednesday afternoon.