College Football Players, and Unions

Aug 24, 2015 by


Michael F. Shaughnessy –

As we all know, college sports often bring large amounts of revenue to the university or college involved. Over the past few years, there has been some talk about football players (and perhaps other athletes) unionizing.  There are of course many sides to this argument. These pupil-athletes, or athlete-pupils attend colleges and universities to get an education. They are there ( ostensibly ) for a Bachelor’s degree and a major and a minor. Granted, the major might be physical education, and the minor might be philosophy and as we all know, some college athletes finish college and go on to play professionally, while others drop out, or become injured or simply return to the small or large town from which they came.

In the piece below,  George Leef examines some of these issues and the role of the NLRB – the National Labor Relations Board – and while not everyone knows about the NLRB, it may be important for administrators and others to be aware of the issues in the realm of unionizing football players.

George always offers insight and cogent criticism, and I hope you enjoy reading his thoughts on this matter.

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