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Northwestern Admins, Coaches Urging Football Players To Vote Against Unionization
Published April 24, 2014
MICHIGAN SCHOOLS OPPOSED: In Detroit, Matt Charboneau noted while the unionization vote at NU is "strictly for the football team, a passing likely would lead to changes to all sports." This is where "concerns lie" for Michigan AD Dave Brandon. He said, "With all the turmoil that seems to be swirling around, the one thing I’m going to fight for is the preservation of that collegiate model, that opportunity for equality, that opportunity for diversity, that opportunity for us to reach out and sponsor sports that don’t necessarily draw 110,000 people." Meanwhile, Michigan State AD Mark Hollis "made it clear he does not support the idea student-athletes are university employees, but hopes something good comes from the current situation." He said, "I come from a perspective that, along with the members of the Big Ten and other conferences, that student-athletes ought to have a lifestyle that allows them to be students and ought to have resources that allow them to be students. As we move forward, we need to ensure that that happens" (DETROIT NEWS, 4/23).