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Why Unionizing College Athletes is a Bad Idea


Owing to an expansive, unprecedented interpretation of the word “employee” in the National Labor Relations Act, last week a regional director of the NLRB ruled that the football players on Northwestern’s team can proceed with a union election. That ruling has generated lots of discussion and in this Forbes piece, I argue that the players are not really “employees” but in any event, voting to form a union and have the Steelworkers union represent the players would be a bad call.


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