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Northwestern Football Union

Record Revenue, Undervalued Employees

Sandra England | Posted 06.09.2014 | Sports
Sandra England

The news that the Pac-12 Conference jumped to the head of the class in 2012-13, earning $330 million in record revenue comes as no surprise. Welcome to the new college sports business model.

Northwestern Football Players Vote On Union Question

AP | JASON KEYSER and MICHAEL TARM | Posted 06.25.2014 | Sports

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — In a historic vote, Northwestern University football players cast secret ballots Friday on whether to form the nation's first ...

Are Millennials Laying Groundwork for a Third Political Party?

Brad Chase | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Brad Chase

Washington has failed young Americans for too long. Millennials struck out with Congress and the White House, winning nothing but minor concessions as their financial and job fortunes continue to stagnate. Now they're striking back.

WATCH: College Athlete Union Reps Kain Colter and Ramogi Huma at the Aspen Institute

Keosha Varela | Posted 06.04.2014 | Sports
Keosha Varela

Ramogi Huma, president of the College Athletes Players Association, and former Wildcat quarterback Kain Colter -- leaders of the movement to union...

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...

A Football Slamdunk

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.28.2014 | Sports
Jared Bernstein

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.

College Athlete Union Battle Raises Plenty Of Questions

AP | MICHAEL TARM and PAUL NEWBERRY | Posted 03.28.2014 | Sports

CHICAGO (AP) — Vince Dooley is sure relieved he's not running an athletic program these days. Not after a decision allowing Northwestern football p...

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.

Unionizing College Football Players Is More Than a Hail-Mary Pass

Joseph P. Mastrosimone | Posted 04.02.2014 | Sports
Joseph P. Mastrosimone

Those who discount the players' chances suggest that their attempt to organize a union will require a reversal of precedent and is unlikely. However, a closer look at both the NLRA and in the Board's Brown University decision gives the players at least a coin-flip's chance at success.