U.S. NLRB Rules Northwestern College Football Players are Employees, and Can Unionize
And in a stroke, thus (potentially) ends College Sports in America as they are now.
States and Public institutions may have been able to slide on the massive costs/income of College Sports before, but the second these players get paid or get benefits or are "employees", States are going to pull the plug and seperate college sports (semi-pro minor league sports) from the school, as they'll have no argument that the players are students first, and States don't generally pay sports players.
If this ruling stands, and it's going to be a long time before it's settled, we may finally see a legitimate minor league for the NFL and NBA.
More repurcussions, if the players are "employees", and their scholarship is their compensation, it's going to be taxable. Don't think for a second the IRS won;t be looking next year at this, and the ramifications on tax law, dependencies, etc.
Medical coverage for inujuries will be a given, so schools will be on the line for player injury and treatment for the rest of that players life! Imagaine the increase in costs that alone will create.
Schools will either have to justify why they're paying millions in "sports salaries and benefits" to football and basketball players to the rest of the tuition paying, there for education, student body.....or dump he sports.
And Title 9 will mandate that if Male players get paid, woman players in equivalent sports will have to be paid. And since both profitable sports (football, basketball) are employees due to time/scholorship, non-profitable sports will have to be treated equally since the base requirements (time spent away from classes, comepnsation in the form of free schooling) and be paid/medically covered as well, potentially spelling the end of smaller college sports.
Wow. Huge news.