Debate Over The Status Of Student-Athletes At Major Colleges And Universities
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For years, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has set the rules and exerted total control over college athletes. But last week, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern University football players are employees, and can form a union and collectively bargain. The NLRB found that these scholarship athletes spent 40 to 50 hours each week on football and were not primarily students. Supporters of the decision say it’s a first step in allowing college players to have a say in key decisions made about them. Critics say it sets up a dangerous precedent that would threaten the existence of non-revenue sports. Diane and a panel of experts discuss the Northwestern decision and what it could mean for the future of college sports.
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opinion columnist, The New York Times
head men's basketball coach, George Mason University
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president, Mt. St. Mary's University