The Northwestern University Football Team Case

582 WordsFeb 21, 20182 Pages
During the week of March 23-29, the National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of a group of Northwestern University football players who were attempting to form a union. A petition was brought forth after a majority of the Wildcats signed. The university itself had no effect on the team’s decision to unionize. In fact, after being informed that the notion passed, a Northwestern University representative released a statement claiming that the university planned to appeal. Most colleges are against the unionizing of their players, saying, “Instead of giving college athletes a salary, we need to do a better job encouraging them to finish their degrees and utilize the educational opportunities in front of them” (Mendelson, “College Athletes Shouldn’t Be Paid”). Though this decision only affects the Northwestern University football team as of now, it could become widespread as other schools’ teams follow suit. Receiving compensation could potentially have a negative affect on over a third of all Division I schools. According to Tan, “This decision only applies to private schools” (“Scholarships Sufficient Compensation for Student-Athletes”). Specifically, the choice to unionize could have an impact on 124 NCAA Division I private colleges and universities around the country. Mendelson wisely states that student-athletes need to stay focused on school and receive their degrees so that they will have the tools to succeed both on and off the playing field (“College Athletes
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