As Professor Paul Secunda tweeted:
Biggest problem: not covered employees under NLRA. RT @PhilipMiles: Northwestern players seek to join labor union http://t.co/1uyXi8ojpFThat does appear to be a problem. And one echoed by the NCAA's response:
— Paul M. Secunda (@psecundaWrkProf) January 28, 2014
This union-backed attempt to turn student-athletes into employees undermines the purpose of college: an education. Student-athletes are not employees, and their participation in college sports is voluntary. We stand for all student-athletes, not just those the unions want to professionalize. Many student athletes are provided scholarships and many other benefits for their participation. There is no employment relationship between the NCAA, its affiliated institutions or student-athletes. Student-athletes are not employees within any definition of the National Labor Relations Act or the Fair Labor Standards Act. We are confident the National Labor Relations Board will find in our favor, as there is no right to organize student-athletes.The NCPA president claims an "overwhelming majority" of Northwestern's players support unionizing. It will certainly be interesting to see where this goes.