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Do you believe college athletes should be allowed to unionize?

2869 total votes


1samIam(241 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

The minute they Unionize remove their scholarships and charge them for Room ,Food, and Classes, as wel as transportation to and from events. Teach them what real life is all about .

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2papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

sure, under one condition. they only make minimum wage and the first time they talk of striking they're kicked off the team and lose their scholarships. ridiculous!! they're doing something they love, not working on some mind-numbing conveyor line.

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3paulydel(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Those that voted yes are idiots. If I was the head of that college or any school I'd shut down the program. How far does it go? Are going to unionize grade school programs too? Very stupid decision.

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4NoBS(2824 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

If being on a scholarship makes a student an employee, then what about the kids on academic scholarships? Can they unionize, too?

And to gdog, remember, these are (ostensibly, anyway) STUDENTS we're talking about. Not professionals, and not even necessarily adults. Yes, the schools make millions off of the athletic department, but where does that money go? Most of the time, it stays in the athletic department, to fund more scholarships and buy more toys and doo-dads for the student athletes. I doubt that the engineering or English departments get a dime of Athletics' money.

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5dontbeafool(2092 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I've said for years that colleges should pay a minimal stipend, say $1,000 per month to ALL student athletes. These kids have classes all day, hours or practices, travel, and games, not to mention studying and assignments at night. There is no way for them to get a part time job, and most parents can't send additional money to them. The stipend would cover some meals, clothes, and entertainment money for them. NCAA rules are so strict that they can't even make any money off of their own signature or jersey with their name on the back. Yet colleges are making multi millions off of their play. It doesn't seem right to me.

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6papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

one thing they should have is guaranteed healthcare for injuries related to football. a football player may suffer a certain injury that could last a lifetime, i.e. a knee or back that could require additional surgeries and hobble him throughout his life while helping the school make millions off his play and physical sacrifice.

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7MD1533(25 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

If they give up their scholarships and pay for it then possibly!

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8Letstryagain(218 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Players should be able to unionize under the following conditions:
1. Scholarships for athletic participation are eliminated.
2. Full time attendance at the school, with satisfactory performance is required.
3.No strike provision during the respective season.
4.Paid players can still receive academic scholarships.

This will place the focus back on academics and help bring the effort vs. revenue equation back into balance

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9samIam(241 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Pampered meaningless football players
" If you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen!!"
Get a job at Walmart you won't get HURT there.
Days of glory gone to the fairies that are ruining a man's sport

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10YtownParent(1068 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

It isn't a question of "should they be allowed to unionize" anymore. The court has already ruled that they can unionize and until it is overturned on appeal, the players have every right to unionize, bargain and strike if necessary. A better question would be if the ruling should be upheld or overturned, and it should be upheld.

I think it should be upheld. The current system that trades eduction and room and board for a student's labor in practice, training and games which creates revenue for the universities is one and the same with the Colonial era indentured servitude contracts, which are unconstitutional.

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11DSquared(1788 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

If you think you're being used as an indentured servant., then you must be an imbecile for voluntarily signing up! We all have enough problems of our own, so go cry and whine to someone else! We really don't give a sh!t. Really!

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12IslandMike(764 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

They have a legal right to unionize, these kids suffer long-term injuries as a direct result from playing for their Universities and they're then left to pay for their own medical treatments after their eligibility is up.
They're going to unionize and all you cry baby LOSER Republicans can whine all you want.

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