Northwestern and the NLRB, a year later

The National Labor Relations Board has yet to weigh in on the regional director’s ruling that gave football players employee status under federal labor law, allowing them to unionize, but, if nothing else, the decision has played a hand in kick starting an effort by the schools and the NCAA to bend more in the direction of student-athletes.

Earlier this month outside Washington, Northwestern women’s soccer player Nandi Mehta was one of three Big Ten athletes to cast a vote in favor of the “cost-of-attendance” scholarships. Student-athletes make up 15 of the 80 votes, along with each of the 65 schools in the Power 5 conferences.

Mehta, whose three-year term will stretch beyond graduation, said she relishes having a “direct voice” in the process and does not believe that unionization — which would rebrand athletes as employees — is the right avenue for reform.

“But the way (Colter) did it,” she said, “did get a lot of attention.”

I can think of worse legacies for Kain Colter.

Of course, the decision has brought out its share of the morons, too.  If you question my characterization, read this:

I asked Pscholka about this issue of admitting athletes just for their athletic ability, and he said it’s wrong if that’s what Michigan does, but that he has seen no evidence of it. He also said that he had heard of such things happening “in the SEC, but not in the Midwest.”

Uh hunh.  Right.  That’s why everyone keeps getting the Big Ten confused with the Ivy League.


Filed under Look For The Union Label, Political Wankery

4 responses to “Northwestern and the NLRB, a year later

  1. ASEF

    And why a 3rd string QB who in October was lamenting the stupidity of football players having to go to class on Twitter last week held a press conference explaining he was coming back to Ohio State because he so valued his education.

    Amazing how the B1G changes people’s perspectives.


  2. Doug

    Oh, yes, the same lawmakers who recently prohibited Tesla from selling cars in the state because they don’t do so through a dealer network. Real big fans of the “free market,” those guys.


  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    The claim: ‘our academics are better and our players are real students’ isn’t unique to Tech. It’s a hardy perennial and grows well in all climate zones.


  4. Uh hunh. Right. That’s why everyone keeps getting the Big Ten confused with the Ivy League.


    Yeah, Cardale Jones struck me as a future Rhodes Scholar.