Northwestern Wildcats Football: “Chicago’s Declining Team”

Let’s take a pre-emptive strike right now against anybody who commences the “Kain Colter/Unionization movement became a distraction and ruined the team this offseason” narrative. You and I and everyone else who is around the team everyday know that storyline (which is coming from somewhere at sometime this season) is a bunch of malarkey. And not Tennessee Titans Tight Ends...
Via The Sports Bank
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern turns focus to wins, not union

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) No college football program spent more time in the spotlight in the offseason than Northwestern. Now, the team hopes the headlines center on victories. The Wildcats are ready to move on after a disappointing season and an offseason at the center of the debate over unionization. Northwestern's former quarterback Kain Colter led the push to form the first union...
Via AP on Fox
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings agree to terms with 15 undrafted rookie free agents

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman addressed the media after the final round of the NFL draft on Saturday and talked about adding 10 draft picks to Minnesota's roster. But Spielman also had his eye on the crop of undrafted free agents, worrying about losing the prospects to other NFL teams. Spielman said his phone buzzed as he entered the Vikings...
Via Fox Sports North
May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Illini, Northwestern NFL Draft prospects: pretty much non-existent

There are two occasions where you can usually rely on Illini football winning: fourth tier bowl games and NFL Draft night. Last year the Illini had more NFL Draft picks than any Big Ten team; despite going 2-10 the previous college football season. From 2007-2012, the Illini had more first round draft picks than any Big Ten team. Illinois saw guys taken in both the first and second...
Via The Sports Bank
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Mel Kiper Jr. evaluates Kain Colter’s NFL Draft stock (exclusive)

A few months ago, I joined a conference call with ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. where I asked about the professional football future of Big Ten players. Kain Colter was the only Northwestern guy Kiper mentioned. Colter was also the Scouting Combine’s only NU invitee. Unfortunately, Colter was still not healthy enough to perform receiver drills at either the combine or at...
Via The Sports Bank
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Illini, Northwestern prospects for NFL Draft: basically non-existent

There are two occasions where you can usually rely on Illini football winning: fourth tier bowl games and NFL Draft night. Last year the Illini had more NFL Draft picks than any Big Ten team; despite going 2-10 the previous college football season. From 2007-2012, the Illini had more first round draft picks than any Big Ten team. Illinois saw guys taken in both the first and second...
Via The Sports Bank
May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern football union vote: everybody wins if NCAA model breaks

Today’s Northwestern football union vote is getting a lot of local and national media attention, but in the bigger picture, it’s small potatoes. The NU football players are employees by legal definition until ruled otherwise by the Federal National Labor Relations Board. The results of today’s secret ballot, which we will not know for at least a few months, do not change that...
Via The Sports Bank
April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

I was going to toss out another #ThowbackThursday today, but instead I decided to go a different direction. Waaaaay different. As most of you know, tomorrow 76 scholarship players at Northwestern University will vote on whether or not to unionize. What does this possible unionization mean? Who's for it, who's against it, and why? How will it affect them…and the sport as a whole...
Via Maize & Blue Nation
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Union debate: it’s not Colter vs Fitz, or NU vs NU, it’s labor vs NCAA

You don’t have to be pro NU and at the same time anti-Kain Colter. Likewise with Pat Fitzgerald. You don’t have to pick Fitz or Colter. Or Colter, but not NU. Or NU Athletic Director Jim Phillips, and then be against Kain. Or be with NU but against the movement for change and social justice.  There is room for nuance; there are grey areas to stand in. Of course, the overwhelming...
Via The Sports Bank
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian talks CFB unionization

It’s safe to say the pair of young men who shared the Northwestern quarterback duties for the past two seasons do not see eye to eye on the issue of the Wildcat football team unionizing. While Kain Colter has been the face of the movement since he completed his eligibility after last season,  Northwestern senior-to-be Trevor Siemian voiced his opinion against today on a teleconference...
Via Cus Words Blog
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian says union push was rushed, wrong

Northwestern's Trevor Siemian says it was wrong for former quarterback Kain Colter and other players to explore unionization without first taking their concerns to their coach and administrators.
Via FOXSports.com
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Should Northwestern Wildcats Players Listen to Pat Fitzgerald?

Evanston, IL - Northwestern’s players, led by Kain Colter, made history recently as the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) ruled in favor of the university’s football representatives. The Wildcats’ Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald has now come out, warning his players to veer away from unionizing, perhaps because it will cause the program more harm than good. Should Northwestern...
Via Sports Mockery
April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern football coach urges players to vote against union

It’s relatively common that management within any profit-making entity would prefer its workers stay away from unionizing and collectively bargaining.  In the unusual case of the Northwestern football team seeking the right to unionize, the management (i.e. football head coach) definitively agrees with this management philosophy.  What is also unusual, is that coach Pat Fitzgerald...
Via Sports-Kings
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer Doesn’t Feel Student-Athletes Are Employees ‘At All’

Last week, Northwestern’s football team took a serious step forward on its path to unionize. The National Labor Relations Board ruled March 26 that the Wildcats’ players are employees of the school. Northwestern has disputed the ruling and there will be appeals. The process is just beginning. Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer voiced his opinion on the matter Tuesday evening...
Via College Spun
April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

If non revenue generating college sports go away, so what? WHO CARES?

If you’re a media outlet, and you want to cover the non revenue generating college sports, you should be running a non-profit organization. The NCAA claims it’s a non-profit, despite their 11 billion dollar television contracts and obscene revenue streams from both college basketball and college football. The NCAA has gotten away with this “non profit” misnomer/scam because...
Via The Sports Bank
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Why College Athletes Should Be Content With Their Current Situation

Kain Colter was one of the leaders of Northwestern’s unionization efforts (via NPR) Here we go again. Except this time, this isn’t going away. On March 26th, 2014, the Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern football players qualify as “employees” and now have the right to unionize. WHAT?!? “Student-athletes shouldn’t be paid to...
Via Grandstand University
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Pay for Play: Why it’s Not So Bad to be a College Athlete

The value of a college education appears to be dwindling according to some student athletes these days. Rather than understand the significance of and importance of a college degree and appreciate the expenses that have been covered by the colleges they attend, some student athletes decide to turn into the selfish, snobby 17-year-old homecoming queen. You know, the girl whose parents...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Friday Junk Drawer

Welcome to the Friday Junk Drawer everybody who's not in Dayton, Ohio partying their faces off in the street...let's head into the weekend with the biggest college football stories we missed this week.We'll start our "Death to the NCAA" portion early this Friday thanks to Northwestern's Kain Colter putting the NCAA on notice with his NLRB victory. The NLRB ruled that student-athletes...
Via Double Coverage Football
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

NLRB decision a sad day for fans, a necessary one for players

Yesterday the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board, a man named Peter Sung Ohr, ruled that players at Northwestern University were employees of the university and had a right to organize and form a union. A group of players led by former Wildcat quarterback Kain Colter had filed to unionize with the help and support of the United Steelworkers Union. The ruling...
Via The Duck Stops Here
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

There are levels to the Northwestern University Football Union and NCAA case

When news broke that Kain Colter, a former Northwestern football player, was seeking unionization on behalf of Northwestern football players, I didn’t think he stood a chance at winning.  But, to my shock and pleasure, I was wrong.  Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)  delivered a death blow to Northwestern and the NCAA ruling that Northwestern athletes indeed...
Via All Sports Everything
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern football allowed to unionize

The National Labor Relations Board in Chicago has ruled that Northwestern University football players are employees and can unionize. A statement released by Northwestern University on Wednesday suggests that they plan to appeal. The board’s groundbreaking decision indicates that there was enough evidence to suggest that the Northwestern football athletes should be considered employees...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern players' greed could destroy college football

Greed and ignorance... As a result of a petition by the College Athletes Players Association in cohorts with Northwestern players, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern athletes can unionize. The decision is obviously a result of a ridiculous political grab and greed.It is often common for unions to come in and destroy a good thing, but now to do so when employees...
Via College Football Universe
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: OSU AD Smith disappointed in NLRB ruling

The world of college athletics received jolt Wednesday afternoon with the news a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board has ruled scholarship football players at Northwestern are employees and should have the right to unionize. Although the ruling does not apply to public universities, Ohio State director of athletics Gene Smith not surprisingly came out against...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern Football Players Allowed To Unionize, School To Appeal Ruling

When Northwestern University quarterback Kain Colter spearheaded the movement to allow he and his fellow Wildcat football teammates to unionize, everyone agreed the ensuing ruling from the National Labor Relations Board would be a landmark decision for college athletes — whether it be in their favor, or against. Well, Kain and his cohorts scored their first victory, as  the Chicago...
Via Next Impulse Sports
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

College Players Win Case With National Labor Relations Board

College football players, led by Kain Colter of Northwestern, have won an important and historical case with the National Labor Relations Board to form a union as college athletes. “@USWPolitical: #CAPA wins at NLRB! Athletes will have their union! More details to come” — United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) March 26, 2014 This is a critical step for those seeking official...
Via Subway Domer
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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