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SBD/February 13, 2014/Colleges
NLRB Hearings Begin In Northwestern Football Players' Quest To Unionize
Published February 13, 2014
SORTING OUT THE FACTS: The AP's Michael Tarm noted both sides "acknowledged the key question was whether college athletes should be considered employees." Yesterday's hearing "was meant to identify main points of contention, not to thrash them out in detail." That "happens next week with three days of testimony." A decision on whether the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) "can organize could come soon after." One witness who "will testify next week for those petitioning for the union" will be outgoing NU QB Kain Colter (AP, 2/12). Adam said that CAPA is "not alleging that Northwestern University has violated NCAA rules." He said CAPA intends to "demolish the myth" created by the NCAA that student-athletes are not employees. In Chicago, Gruen & Guy note CAPA "aims to represent only those players who have received athletic scholarships." Barbour called this an "arbitrary grouping." He argued that the “scope of the unit” should also include walk-on players (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 2/13).