They're students before they're athletes. Some forget that.
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.
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.
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.
If they give up their scholarships and pay for it then possibly!
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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