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Why can't college athletes unionize?

Why can't college athletes unionize?

Five yards forward, five yards back, thank to the National Labor Relations Board. First, a group of football players attending Northwestern University on athletic scholarships filed a petition with the NLRB seeking to organize a union. And in May 2014, the NLRB's Chicago director ruled that the players — 85 members of the 122-player team — should be considered employees with collective bargaining rights. That was the right call, because as the ruling noted, the players are on campus first and foremost to play football for 40 to 50 hours per week, generating $235 million for the school during the 10 years ending in 2013. But Northwestern appealed the regional...

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