Thursday, March 27, 2014

To Be (Unionized), Or Not To Be, That Is The Question

From ESPN:
In a potentially game-changing moment for college athletics, the Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Wednesday that Northwestern football players qualify as employees of the university and can unionize.
And within that story:
(Former Northwestern quarterback Kain) Colter told the hearing that players' performance on the field was more important to Northwestern than their in-class performance, saying, "You fulfill the football requirement and, if you can, you fit in academics." Asked why Northwestern gave him a scholarship of $75,000 a year, he responded: "To play football. To perform an athletic service."
This column points out the elephant in the room.

Reaction from around the country.
If the above depresses you, read this story about how a college football player/engineering student whose father was fighting cancer started Uplifting Athletes.
Back to depressing. UMass will play two more years of football in the Mid-American Conference and then? The Boston Herald has a story about a football program whose move to the FBS hasn't exactly been a success story.
Football's Brendan Johnson, Josh Winslow, Dana Barbaro and AJ Dettorre
with Phil Hanlon at the President's Dinner earlier this week.

Meeting up during San Jose State's baseball practice at Washington
State were former Dartmouth baseball assistant Nick Enriquez
and former football assistant JJ Jackson. Nick is now