Unionization ruling overturned, but players are better off today

In modern media, as in sports, there's a winner and loser to every story. On Monday, when the National Labor Relations Board overturned a March 2014 regional ruling allowing Northwestern football players to unionize, it marked a "clear victory for the college sports establishment" and a "tough break for the Northwestern football team." Sorry, but an issue this complicated doesn't...
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August 17, 2015  |  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...
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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...
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May 11, 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...
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April 24, 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...
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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.
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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...
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April 08, 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...
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April 01, 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...
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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

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

Post-Combine Big Ten NFL Draft Sleepers

The NFL Combine is over and we’re not about to recycle the same stats and analysis you can get at any number of other sites. Instead, Know It All Football is going to take a look at five former Big Ten players who are flying below the radar through the combine and as the NFL Draft approaches. These guys aren’t going to make any headlines on draft weekend, but they could all end...
Via Know It All Football
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Ten unlikely to expand Friday night football, commish says

CHICAGO (AP) -- Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said Thursday that the league is not looking to schedule more Friday football games, except on Thanksgiving and Labor Day weekends. "Beyond that, I don't think while I'm around here you're going to see Friday night games," he said. "Down the road? Who knows?" There are other questions hanging over Delany and the rest of the college...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

NCAA Can No Longer Credibly Call Its Athletes 'Amateur'

Just like there is nothing stock in stock car racing, there is nothing amateur about National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college football. What is it, then? NCAA college football is a multi-billion dollar business enterprise. It is conducted in all 50 states, scheduled across geographies demanding event planning, travel, legal contracts, paid employees, unions, hierarchies...
Via Oregon Sports News
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Ten unlikely to expand Friday night football

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said Thursday that the league is not looking to schedule more Friday football games, except on Thanksgiving and Labor Day weekends. ''Beyond that, I don't think while I'm around here you're going to see Friday night games,'' he said. ''Down the road? Who knows?'' There are other questions hanging over Delany and the rest of the college athletics...
Via AP on Fox
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern coach testifies against unionization

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald testified for three hours Friday about a push by his players to form the nation's first union for college athletes, sometimes putting himself awkwardly at odds with his senior quarterback. Sporting a tie in team-color purple, Fitzgerald answered questions before the National Labor Relations Board, which must decide in coming weeks if the football...
Via AP on Fox
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Combine Measurables: Wide Receivers

At the NFL Combine, each and every prospect is measured for their official height and weight, as often times, the height and weight that programs have listed for players are not accurate. Some schools ‘fudge’ the numbers to look better on paper and some simply don’t update the measurements from a player’s freshman year. Regardless, below are the official combine measurements...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

QB testifies in bid to unionize college athletes

Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter is the first witness at a closely watched hearing to determine whether college athletes can form a union.
Via Philly Sports Live
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Initial hearing held on college players' union

A federal agency is meeting in Chicago to consider whether college football players qualify as employees and therefore are eligible to form a union. At the National Labor Relations Board's initial hearing Wednesday, lawyers for Northwestern football players said the decisive question is whether the athletes are considered employees. If so, the lawyers argued, they should be allowed...
Via AP on Fox
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern lands 15 players

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald sounded almost giddy as he looked toward the future and unveiled the latest recruiting class. The Wildcats officially added 15 players Wednesday on national signing day as they try to pick themselves up from a disappointing season, including quarterback Clayton Thorson and of suburban Wheaton, Ill., and running back Auston Anderson of Plano, Texas...
Via AP on Fox
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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