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NLRB Says Northwestern Football Players Can Unionize

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The National Labor Relations Board has approved Northwestern University football players' application to unionize. ABC News reports Northwestern players, including senior quarterback Kane Colter, argued they should be considered university employees because of all the time spent practicing, playing and traveling, while the university profits. NLRB Director Peter Ohr agreed that scholarship players should be eligible to unionize. It opens up the opportunity for college athletes around the country to form unions. However, after the ruling, Northwestern University released a statement saying "our student-athletes are not employees, but students." The university says it plans to appeal the ruling, and explore all legal options.
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