Northwestern University football players are ready to form a Union:College Athletes can now unionize

Posted by Press Release on March 26, 2014 at 9:53 pm under College | 7 Comments to Read

Looking ot cash in on some of the billions of dollars that the NCAA is raking in on college football and basketball, the Northwestern University Wildcats’ football has fought to form a Union so they can start making some money off of what their team is taking in on gate receipts, Big Ten TV dollars, jersey sales and more….

Tne Union is ready to form and you can read more when you CLICK HERE

Big-time college athletics might have to start sharing the money, now that the Union is coming….

What do you say we all head down to the ‘Student Union’?


  • MIM said,

    So the kids are arguing they want a share of all the tv money. ok.

    If they want to be treated like paid employees, then they can count their scholarships as income and pay taxes on it.

    Then the American tax payer gets an indirect share of all that tv money.

  • reality hurts said,

    Saying that the kids would count the scholarships as income means you are not thinking thru the process and just reacting based on what you have been told and not reality. Each of these kids could easily be their own “non profit” center because they are not seeking profit but even then if they are using the “extra” funds for non profit benefit or a donated type of event or to maintain their standing, then it would still not count as “taxable income”. The reality is that all of these kids are treated as a “contract employee” when you consider – these are 1 yr contracts that may or not may be renewed, they can’t work a job while under contract, they must perform/practice/work under the schools schedule as set by the school versus a true contractor that can complete it under their time requirements, they also have nearly a zero level of control over their work environment as far as location/timing or scheduling. All of these items would easily peg you as an employee in the real world and not an independent contractor or simple student in this case. These players are also treated differently than other regular students for the same reasons such as not able to work or take gifts from nearly anybody. The reality is that there are far too many examples of kids simply being used for their ability on the field/court and no core connect to the life time success of the kid. If you were to track the history of all kids from entering college to 5 – 10 years later, you would find an upsetting number of past student/athl did not do very well with the process or have much to show for their time/effort. The colleges will always look good because they will simply replace the kids and continue to play another day but the past players/students may not have a leg to stand on.

  • MIM said,

    They are being offered the opportunity to earn an education worth up $250k in tuition at some schools not to mention a degree that can help ensure financial stability for the rest of their lives if they choose.

    If these student-athletes don’t want to take advantage of that academic opportunity, that’s their problem.

    If you want to change a rule, make the scholarships ensure 4 years of education even if they get hurt or cut.

    Otherwise if they want to be paid, get a check for tuition, room, food, etc, and pay taxes like every other working American.

  • Andy Durham said,

    Here’s one thing that really raises the eyebrows:

    There’s huge money at stake — nearly $18 billion alone just in television rights for the NCAA basketball tournament and bowl games.

    That is really one big piece of pie or several smaller pieces, depending on how you slice it…..

  • John reynolds said,

    MIM has no idea what he’s talking about. I have a kid that is on full scholarship at a major division 1 school. Where did he get the 250k number? He has no idea how much money these schools are making. Many make 15 to 20 million alone before a single ball is snapped. Then you add in gate, luxury suites, concessions and parking and the like. I’m not even gonna try to put a price on the economic impact it had on the surrounding communities. It’s a billion dollar business. And I have yet to see an Ad, coach or president take one single hit or suffer a concussion. So kids suffer career ending injuries are paralyzed and in some cases die. But those don’t stop the building of new buildings and facilities. Ever wonder how a school could pay a coach 3 million dollars and still do a 30 million dollar stadium renovation? Do you honestly think the renovation is for fan comfort? Nope it’s for MORE MONEY or the ability to generate more. Shoot these schools have weight rooms that cost more than our homes…. You really need to look at the business side of it. Some of these schools generate NFL type revenues but don’t have to pay NFL players contracts. Your 250k. Figure is wrong but if it wasn’t you do know that’s less than the NFL rookie minimum contract. There is a boat load of money being made in college sports and the kids who risk the most should have something too. You do realize that a degree doesn’t translate into a

  • JC said,

    John Reynolds has no idea what he is talking about!! 85% of all DI schools are running in the “red”. Why do you think Maryland is going to Big 10 conference? They’re losing money in ACC. John, 250K divided by 4 equals 62.5 per year. Most of your private colleges are there now. Google and see for yourself!!

  • MIM said,

    @John reynolds

    This would only impact private schools, for now, so those are the costs I mentioned.

    Full ride to Duke, that includes all the bells and whistles, is $250k. My son graduated with the kid from Western that got (earned) the full academic ride there. That was the reported value of it. Some schools more expensive, some cheaper.

    And as far as getting hurt and sacrificing bodies, no one is forcing them to do it. But I do think that once a player is offered and accepts, the school owes him a free 4-year degree even if he gets hurt or doesn’t perform well athletically. Drugs or behavior a different matter.

    But to unionize means to work and to work means to pay taxes on compensation.

    Kids don’t like that, go play for pay in Europe or semi-pro.