Student Well-Being

Americans Mixed on the Prospect of College Athletes Unionizing

By Bryan Toporek — April 02, 2014 1 min read

Last Wednesday, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern University football players who have scholarships and haven’t exhausted their athletic eligibility are employees of the university, opening the door to them forming a union at their discretion.

It’s a ruling that likely won’t have immediate trickle-down effects to high school sports, but youth-athletes who plan on continuing their athletic careers at the postsecondary level could be affected by the decision.


How does the American public feel about the prospect of collegiate athletes unionizing? It’s a mixed bag, according to

an ABC News/

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.