Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 2/27/14
Former Northwestern QB CJ Bacher is speaking out against another Wildcats starting quarterback, as he’s upset with the way Kain Colter has portrayed the NU football program during the NLRB proceedings. Bacher, along with another former NU star skill position player, running back Tyrell Sutton have fought back against Colter with a PR counter-offensive. Their message is being spread by a publicity firm and press release. And CJ Bacher was on 87.7 The Game talking about unionization, Colter and much more. On Sunday, February 23rd, CJ Bacher released an article on his company’s platform, HuddlePass: Sunday Morning Quarterback: Former Northwestern Players Upset with CAPA Testimony in which he asserted that Colter had completely misrepresented the Northwestern Football Program in order to push the agenda of the players union. In the article, Bacher argued that “the reason CAPA testified that Northwestern is too demanding is that it fits into the strategy of their case. They need to prove that these players are employees and they do not care if Northwestern Football’s reputation is misrepresented.” To the claim that Northwestern Football is a dictatorship, Bacher stated “Under Fitz, my teammates and I had more influence on team policies and activities than I had ever experienced on a team before” and made the claim that “If the Leadership Council was considered a formidable ‘voice’ or ‘seat-at-the-table’ for the team (which it is), then CAPA’s entire case is turned upside-down.” See, unlike other so-called journalists covering this case, I have no issue presenting and the promoting the material with which I do not agree. CJ Bacher made a lot of good points during his segment on WGN’s new all-sports talk radio station. However he lost me when he tried to describe himself as a free market economist. He had a bit of word vomit on the air in getting that designation out there, and his rationale makes him seem like he’s overstretching a bit. He’s doing the same thing a lot of Kain Colter’s critics are accusing him of- overreaching beyond what they’re capable of. How is CJ Bacher truly “a free market guy” if he doesn’t believe a union would work in this situation? In a true market of “pure competition,” you need organized labor. Workers need rights to check and balance the power of ownership/management. CJ Bacher wrote in his piece that he believes unions are beneficial in some cases, but he clearly not in many others. This is one where he thinks it would fail. I completely disagree. Walter Byers, the man who actually created the term and the designation of “student-athlete,” actually referred to revenue producing college sports as a “neo-plantation mentality” later in life. And if there’s anyone who knows the most about this topic, it’s not me, or CJ Bacher, but Walter Byers. Tyrell Sutton, former Northwestern star Running Back (2005-2008), current CFL football player, and current member of the expansive HuddlePass network of college football alums, took to HuddlePass to voice his opinions on the CAPA case on Evan Sharpley’s podcast “Inside the Huddle”. On “Inside the Huddle”, Tyrell called Kain a great leader and influencer but said that “the people that (Kain) has to step on in order to make this work, it’s not going to be good.” He went on to say “the reason we do things the way we do now is the result of previous players in those leadership roles, such as CJ Bacher, such as Zach Strief, such as Mark Philmore.” Sutton and CJ Bacher both agree that there are some serious issues with the current system that need to be addressed. Both pointed to two areas of concern: the coverage of all medical expenses and being able to make money off your likeness. CJ Bacher announced that he will propose an alternative solution on Sunday, March 2nd by ending his article by stating “I’m not in the habit of pointing attention to issues without proposing alternative solutions, so that’s what I will do in next week’s edition of Sunday Morning Quarterback and it won’t involve throwing my University under the Bus.” Paul M. Banks owns The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An MBA and Fulbright scholar, he’s also a frequent analyst on news talk radio; with regular segments on ESPN,NBC, CBS and Fox. A former NBC Chicago and Washington Times writer, he’s also been featured on the History Channel. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) The post CJ Bacher and Tyrell Sutton speak out against CAPA, Colter appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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