If the ruling survives all the legal challenges to come, there are several relatively straightforward items that a Northwestern players' union -- or a potential athletes' union at any university -- could bring to the bargaining table quickly.
Although unionization seems to be a necessary consequence of the evolution of college football into a billion dollar industry, conceding that football players are no longer student-athletes comes with a steep price.
Just as the top college basketball teams are competing their way towards the April 7 National Championship Game, so are high schools seniors as they learn which colleges have accepted, waitlisted or rejected them.
The National Labor Relations Act was seen in 1935 as a response both to ongoing labor strife and to the immediate exigencies of the Great Depression. It gave workers the right to organize over their wages, not football players.
Those who find the very thought of unions, let alone unions of college athletes, to be an anathema have already expressed their disbelief in these developments. They want the "student-athletes" myth back where it belongs -- at the very center of the NCAA universe.
Not to mix metaphors, but as I read it, that National Labor Relations Board ruling that footballers at Northwestern are actually employees of the university and thus can form a union looks like a slamdunk.
When you're paid $7 million to run a football program -- and when college football generates the billions of dollars in revenue it does -- you're no longer a coach. You're a CEO.
Maybe it makes sense for Burger King and the NCAA to partner on TV commercials this March Madness. But it's wrong that college athletes and fast food workers are forced to play the serfs in a feudal system that only rewards the overlords.
Sitting in the middle of March Madness it is easy to forget that this annual orgy of basketball and money is a relatively new phenomenon.
Gluten is the clear top seed, but Warm Champagne and Spotty Wi-Fi are ready to make deeps runs in the tournament.
What do you call a TV ad about Burger King, the NCAA, and a former college basketball player? I call it a glimpse into the messy world of college sports and big business. And that's exactly what's on display this month during March Madness.
This is a terrific time of year for fans of college sports as March Madness takes center stage. But big money, national fame and institutional pride too often overwhelm the best intentions of educators.
Her 2013 cross country season was obviously over. Luckily, her career was saved just in the nick of time. Now with the right diagnosis she could get healthy.
There are 351 Division I schools with men's and women's basketball teams, yet there are only 30 NBA teams and 12 WNBA teams. There are 120 Division I ...
The popular dialogue surrounding college sports too often gets around to this single, gross generalization: Athletes are not capable of the same academic achievement as their non-athlete counterparts.
She heard the words "no," "impossible," and "never" more times than most, but she believed that with the help of others, she could make a difference, and she was right.