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Kain Colter among Vikings’ undrafted free agents

The Vikings announced agreements with 15 undrafted free agents on Saturday, including Northwestern wide receiver Kain Colter, who could have a place in sports history no matter happens in his NFL career. Colter had a key role in the efforts to allow Northwestern football players to unionize. The National Labor Relations Board ruled the players had the right to organize in March...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 11, 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

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...
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's Trevor Siemian says he'll vote no on unionizing

Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter has received a lot of support in his effort to unionize college football players, but he didn't get any support from the man he shared quarterbacking duties with. On Wednesday Northwestern's Trevor Siemian explained that while Colter's mission "began with the best of intentions," he does not agree with the way Colter...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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

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

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 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

NLRB: Northwestern Football Players Allowed to Unionize

That sound you heard may be the college sports landscape shaking.Early Wednesday afternoon, the National Labor Relations Board Office in Chicago agreed with a petition filed by football players, at Northwestern University including QB Kain Colter, to form a union.The NLRB ruling gives those players collective bargaining rights and as employees of the school opens the door to them...
Via Online Sports Guys
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

Northwestern athletes win case, ruled to be employees

Northwestern University athletes won a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) bid for membership to the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) union on Wednesday. The school said on Wednesday afternoon that a statement from the school will come soon but that an appeal is expected, according to a tweet from NCAA reporter Allie Grasgreen. The official ruling between Northwestern...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 26, 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
March 17, 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...
Via AP on Fox
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

3 ex-NU football players say coaches helped them earn tough degrees

Two former Northwestern University football players who started as walk-ons and who had limited playing time testified Tuesday at a National Labor Relations Board hearing that they pursued demanding careers in engineering and pre-med. They testified for the university in an effort to counter quarterback Kain Colter’s earlier testimony that he was unable to pursue his dream of...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Kain Colter a “Hines Ward” type NFL receiver prospect says Kiper

Tomorrow will be a big day for Kain Colter. It’s day two of the combine, where we’ll get the “measurables” on the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. Towards the end of the college football season, I joined a conference call with ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. I asked about the professional football future of Big Ten players. Kain Colter was the only guy...
Via The Sports Bank
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

How will Northwestern football unionizing effort impact recruiting?

On Tuesday, attorneys for both the Northwestern football players seeking to organize their labor and Northwestern University presented their case at the first in a number of National Labor Relations Board hearings that will start up again next Tuesday morning. The hearings are expected to end next week. Kain Colter, spokesperson of the Northwestern football players seeking unionization...
Via The Sports Bank
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

In Northwestern vs CAPA, the biggest loser is the local media

Before the battle of Northwestern University versus CAPA and the Northwestern football players seeking to unionize went before the local NLRB, I knew there were a few local Big Ten media members who were kind of unintelligent and/or water carriers for the programs and the league that they cover. Plus, I knew I was going to have to endure watching sportswriters opine on collective...
Via The Sports Bank
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Kain Colter answers critics of football/war analogy

Kain Colter is the star witness in the CAPA hearing at the local National Labor Relations Board. Therefore, his testimony is the most interesting moment by far of the three day hearing. This case, and it’s presentation in court are simultaneously the most important and interesting thing going on right now, but also the most boring and dull, at the exact same time. Sounds contradictory...
Via The Sports Bank
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Kain Colter’s attitude undermines his effort to unionize football players

By any moral standard, the NCAA fleeces college athletes of revenue they generate for their universities. Contrary to the NCAA member institutions, which profit on the backs of these athletes, individuals are prohibited from using their likenesses and success on the field for financial gain. It’s an age-old debate that is being addressed by the College Athletes Players Association...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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