This union aggression will not stand, man.

Never say Ohio’s legislature can’t act quickly in a crisis.

College athletes in Ohio would not be considered employees under state law, under changes to the state’s budget review made by a legislative committee on Monday.

… The Republican-backed amendment, one of dozens made Monday to the state’s mid-biennium review, “clarifies that college athletes are not considered employees under state law,” according to a House GOP synopsis.

Ah, yes, the party of free markets once again steps forward to preserve cheap labor.  And with alacrity!  The Northwestern kids won’t even vote until next month.

“I think this is a statement of what we all thought was obvious, and that is athletes are not employees of their university,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Ron Amstutz, a Wooster Republican.

Hey, Ron, get back to us on that in a few years if Corch starts complaining that his hands are tied in recruiting by what you thought was obvious.  I bet the waters get a little murkier for you then.


Filed under Look For The Union Label, Political Wankery

18 responses to “This union aggression will not stand, man.

  1. mwo

    Who knew Ohio even had a Republican Party?


  2. “This is America, where anyone can start from the bottom and, through their own hard work, achieve prosperity and success!”

    “OK, but I’m working 80 hours a week and still not making enough to take care of my — ”

    “What’s with the class warfare, you commie?”


  3. Skeeter

    This is nothing that a group of lawyers can’t solve.


  4. Scorpio Jones, III

    First, based on his track record, the idea Dickhead will be around Columbus in two or three years is sketchy at best.

    Second, compared to the performance of the legislature in my state, at least the Ohio legislature is interested in something besides the right to carry a gun in church.

    The mainstream media, even the politicians have finally begun to react to the changes in major college sports that have been circulating the blogosphere for years.

    Never has rampant greed been so obvious as last night. Commercials between free throws??? Constant, and I mean constant, commercial breaks really impact the flow of a basketball game…who cares? Make that money folks, that’s obviously what really matters to The Emmert.

    Is there, somewhere, an accounting of what the The Emmert actually does with the near-billion dollar take from the tournament?


  5. Mayor of Dawgtown

    I have felt for years that the state legislatures should just be disbanded. They do nothing but create mischief and it has gotten worse as more and more lunatics are getting elected. All the governmental functions that mean anything have been usurped by the Feds long ago and all the day-to-day regulatory stuff (speed limits, etc.) can just be handled at the local level. Anybody who disagrees, I suggest you go down to the state capital of your state and just watch for one day. I have to go to the Georgia General Assembly from time to time and I always feel like I need a shower by the time I leave. That old saying is true: “No man’s life, liberty or wife are safe when the Georgia General Assembly is in session.”


  6. paul

    What is it with the state legislatures in the northeast? During the Penn State scandal we learned their legislature had exempted the college from open records laws. A state college funded by taxpayer money in a state that already had some of the most restrictive open records laws in the nation.


  7. Slaw Dawg

    I try always to refrain from making political remarks on sports blog sites, but I keep telling my Republican friends (who probably outnumber my Demo friends) that when in power, GOPers are usually just as fond of big, intrusive government as the other party. It’s just that they want it to intrude into different things, such as the personal lives of ordinary citizens. I’m no Tea Partier, but at least some of them seem to be trying to change that.


  8. Ellis

    Cheap labor? Surely you jest. These kids are given scholarships worth tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for playing games. Hardly what I would call cheap.


    • You make it sound as if schools actually cut checks for that.


      • Ellis

        They do cut checks to teachers, administrators, and staff that provide the service to the student. There is a substantial cost to the university not counting the opportunity costs as well. Payment does not always have to be in the form of cash. Trading a service for another sevice is no different than any other bartering system, ie. you play football we give you a free college education. Sounds like a win-win deal to me which is why it has worked so well for so long.


        • They do cut checks to teachers, administrators, and staff that provide the service to the student.

          For the most part, they’re cutting those checks anyway.

          So now you’re going from schools spending tens of thousands of dollars on expensive scholarships to barter.

          As for your “worked so well” observation, I’m sure the schools and NCAA wholeheartedly agree with you.


  9. Ellis

    This is like arguing economics with a lawyer! We probably are not going to agree but that is ok, its really not a big deal. I really enjoy the blog though, keep up the good work, I can’t wait for the season to begin.