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University professors form coalition to fight for NCAA players

A group of professors representing universities from around the country announced Thursday the formation of a national coalition dedicated to fighting for the labor rights of college men’s basketball and football players.

The group, which is calling itself the College Athletes Rights and Empowerment Faculty Coalition (CARE-FC), released a statement in which it explained at length why the professors had decided to come together.

“For decades, the athletes who serve as the centerpiece of the college sport business have been denied access to fair compensation ... adequate health care protections … and avenues to shape, contest, and respond to the rules imposed on them,” the statement reads in part. “As scholars who have studied these issues for many years, we are deeply troubled by the failure of higher education and college sport officials to acknowledge college football and men’s basketball players in major programs as employees with rights to bargain collectively.”

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