Baylor president Ken Starr testifies about unions for college athletes

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Updated at 9:35 a.m.:: During his testimony, Starr laid out the challenges that he believes will result of the NLRB’s decision to allow Northwestern University football players to unionize.

As the decision only applies to private schools, Starr fears that it could create a discrepancy between schools with the ability to unionize and public schools that may not have that ability. He added that since since athletes have to meet certain academic progress in order to play a sport, athletes may be able to bargain over academic standards and could require the university to treat athletes differently.

Updated at 9:20 a.m.: Republican and Democratic leaders began the hearing with a stark difference of opinion on the impact of the ruling.

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