Northwestern Football Union Ruling

Guest Host:

Jennifer Golbeck
Northwestern Football Union Ruling

A regional branch of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that scholarship players on Northwestern University's football team qualify as employees and can unionize—allowing them to seek more in scholarships, concussion testing and better medical coverage.

A regional branch of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that scholarship players on Northwestern University's football team qualify as employees and can unionize. If the ruling, which the university plans to appeal, is upheld, it has the potential to radically change the dynamics of college sports. We consider the implications of the case moving forward and what bearing existing legal framework within the field - like Title IX - will have on the case.

Guests

Ellen Zavian

Adjunct Assistant Professor, The George Washington University School of Business; lawyer; sports agent

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