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Published April 16, 2014
LABORING OVER THE ISSUES: Former FSU football coach Bobby Bowden said that forming a labor union is a "bad idea." Bowden: "I don't think it'll ever happen. It would undermine (college sports). Those kids are not employees of a university. I don't think it'll go anywhere. It's very newsy. If it did happen? I think it would throw our university and college system every which direction." In Tulsa, John Hoover notes Bowden suggested that college sports is "complex enough now ... and unionizing is not the way to make it better" (TULSA WORLD, 4/16). In DC, Sally Jenkins writes under the header, "College Athletics Have Many Problems, But A Union Is The Wrong Tool To Try And Fix Them." The inequities in college athletics are "complex and nuanced; no one solution fits all." Jenkins: "First of all, a union wouldn’t have the right to collectively bargain anything with the NCAA. No one ever mentions that. The NCAA is not an employer. It’s just a flawed bureaucracy" (WASHINGTON POST, 4/16). CBSSPORTS.com's Dennis Dodd noted an NCAA steering committee in the next two weeks is "expected to take up the issue of autonomy." SEC Commissioner Mike Slive addressed the issues, including agents, the "bottom of the FBS," scholarship limits and the timing of the committee considering the autonomy concept. Slive said, "August is as late as it can be. We have this done by August" (CBSSPORTS.com, 4/15).