Should college athletes be allowed to form labor unions?
KPCC - 03/27/2014
Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that a group of Northwestern University football players on scholarship are considered employees at the private institution.
Thanks to that ruling, players can now unionize and negotiate with the university for things such as financial compensation and full coverage for medical expenses related to sports injuries. For more on this, we’re joined now by Ramogi Huma, a former UCLA linebacker and the founder of the College Athletes Players Association.
In addition, there are plenty of logistical questions about how a players’ union at the collegiate level would work. To help us sort through them is Roger Abrams, a professor of sports and labor law at Northeastern University.