Latest headache for NCAA Inc: College football players want to unionize

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

The NCAA’s ideal of student-athletes who take the field purely for the love of sport came under fire from a new direction on Tuesday as football players at Northwestern University announced they want to form a union—and they’ve got the United Steelworkers behind them.

The newly formed College Athletes Players Association would be the first athlete-specific union in the history of college sports, our colleagues on the Bloomberg News sports-business desk report. The Steelworkers are paying the nascent association’s legal fees in applying to the National Labor Relations Board for recognition.

Northwestern’s senior quarterback, Kain Colter, said that college athletes need to assert their rights against the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the same way that pro athletes do so against the National Basketball Association and National Football League. Could this work?

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