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Fri, Mar 28, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

College Players Can Unionize, Labor Board Rules


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Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter
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Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter

Northwestern University football players are school employees and should have the right to form unions, according to a landmark ruling released Wednesday by the National Labor Relations Board. We'll discuss what the decision means for the NCAA and college sports, and debate the perennial question: Should college athletes, who generate enormous sums for their schools, be paid?

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests:

  • Andrew Zimbalist, economics professor and sports economist at Smith College
  • Ellen Staurowsky, professor in sports management at Drexel University
  • Larry Scott, commissioner of the PAC-12
  • Luke Bonner, co-founder of the College Athletes Players Association, which brought the case at the NLRB and former basketball player for UMASS

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