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Academic Integrity and/or Winning Football? The Moral Dilemma of Academically Elite Colleges with Division I Football Teams and the Special Case of Northwestern

John S. Elson, | Posted 05.19.2015 | Sports
John S. Elson,

Without governance reforms that will put the players' education and safety ahead of the coaches' and schools' money-making priorities, the academically elite Division I colleges' claim to a higher ground is pure hypocrisy.

The Case of Former University of Illinois Football Player Simon Cvijanovic Points to Need for Independent Players' Association

Ellen J. Staurowsky | Posted 05.18.2015 | Sports
Ellen J. Staurowsky

Is the college sport system set up to provide the kind of independent review necessary to protect the interests of big-time football and basketball players who perform in the multi-billion dollar college sport industry?

Northwestern Is Doing Everything It Can To Keep Athletes From Unionizing

The New York Times | Posted 04.25.2014 | Sports

A National Labor Relations Board official took a historic step last month in ruling that Northwestern’s scholarship football players should be consi...

National Labor Relations Board vs. NCAA

Stuart Dorsey | Posted 06.22.2014 | College
Stuart Dorsey

The reasoning that Northwestern football players are more revenue-generating employees than they are student-athletes is not surprising.

The University as Students' Workplace?

Viviana A. Zelizer | Posted 06.01.2014 | College
Viviana A. Zelizer

The NLRB ruling should not scare us but instead encourage careful thinking about how to avoid exploitative student labor and preserve a meaningful campus work experience.

Here Are Some First Steps for Northwestern's Union

Ken Reed | Posted 05.31.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

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.

A History Lesson for the Obama NLRB as it Takes on the NCAA

Peter Schaumber | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Peter Schaumber

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.

Former NBA Player Weighs In On Northwestern Union Battle

Posted 03.28.2014 | Sports

Former Oklahoma State star Desmond Mason believes the Northwestern football players' bid for unionization is evidence that college athletes are recogn...

March Madness: Brought to You by the Teamsters

David Macaray | Posted 05.27.2014 | Sports
David Macaray

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.

Union Battle Could Mean End Of NCAA As We Know It

AP | By TIM DAHLBERG | Posted 05.27.2014 | Sports

They're battling in courtrooms, and could one day meet over a bargaining table. About the only things the two sides in the debate over big-time colleg...

Northwestern: The Football Players Are Alright

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 02.20.2014 | College

CHICAGO (AP) — Northwestern University officials on Thursday countered a quarterback's allegations that the program places athletics over academics,...

Are College Athletes Employees?

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 04.22.2014 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

College athletics produce millions in revenue for their colleges, but the stars of the game cannot receive compensation commensurate with their contribution to the entertainment they provide. It is a sweet deal for colleges. The Northwestern case, however, has nothing to do with the fairness of NCAA regulations.

Dave Jamieson

How College Football Players Will Get Their Union | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This coming Friday, lawyers for Northwestern University football players are set to begin making their case to federal officials that th...

College Athletes To Form Union

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 01.28.2014 | Sports

CHICAGO (AP) — College athletes say they are forming what they believe is the first-of-its-kind union to represent their interests. Organizers of t...

WATCH: MSU Safety Ejected For Illegal Hit

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Michigan State safety Isaiah Lewis has been ejected from Saturday's game against Northwestern for a targeting penalty. ...

WATCH: Nebraska Pulls Off Game-Winning Hail Mary

AP | ERIC OLSON | Posted 11.02.2013 | Sports

LINCOLN, Neb. -- LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Jordan Westerkamp caught Ron Kellogg III's tipped desperation heave to the end zone with no time left Saturday...

Looking Ahead: 5 Surprise Teams For 2013

National Football Post | Posted 01.15.2013 | Sports

Dave Miller, National Football Post Notre Dame exceeded expectations this past season, going from an unranked program to No. 1 in the country after...


AP | MARK LONG | Posted 03.03.2013 | Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The stuffed monkey spent the last year in storage, out of sight but still in everyone's mind. Coach Pat Fitzgerald dusted ...

Teams Desperate For A Bowl Win

Posted 12.29.2012 | Sports

By Dave Miller, National Football Post With the 2012-13 college football postseason in full swing, let's take a look at some programs that can use ...

The Secret To Northwestern's Success: Sleeping On The Job

The Huffington Post | Kavitha A. Davidson | Posted 02.06.2013 | Sports

Northwestern football is giving a whole new meaning to the term, "sleeper pick." The Wildcats have jumped out to a surprising 6-1 start to the seas...

PSU Stuns Northwestern

AP | GENARO C. ARMAS | Posted 12.06.2012 | Sports

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- With his team a little stunned after giving up a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown, Penn State coach Bill O'Brien walked up an...

Northwestern Football: Chicago's Big Ten Team Is Open For Business (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Chris Gentilviso | Posted 11.17.2012 | Chicago
Chris Gentilviso

Five years ago, Northwestern football and home-field advantage were far from synonymous. Now in 2012, that picture is a faint memory. Visiting fans instantly know that Chicago's Big Ten Team is open for business, with football at the center of its sales pitch.

Chris Gentilviso

Northwestern Rides 5 Field Goals, Late Score To 3-0 Start | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.15.2012 | Sports

EVANSTON, Ill. -- When 2012's NCAA football schedules were unveiled, seven teams in the nation opened with three Bowl Championship Series automatic-qu...

Boston College Looks For Redemption Against Northwestern

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.14.2012 | Sports

Boston College (1-1, 0-1 ACC) at Northwestern (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) Date: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 Time: 3:30 p.m. ET Place: Ryan Field (Evansto...

Surprise 2-0 College Football Teams

Posted 09.12.2012 | Sports

By Dave Miller, National Football Post Week 2 is in the books, and all eyes are now on the third week of the season after an exciting start to the ...