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(Northwestern) NLRB decision very well-reasoned
ESPN ^ | 3/27/14 | Lester Munson

Posted on 03/27/2014 6:54:21 AM PDT by T-Bird45

The regional director of the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago, Peter Sung Ohr, ruled Wednesday that Northwestern University football players are university employees and entitled to an election that will determine whether they can form a union. The blockbuster ruling and Ohr's reasoning raise significant legal questions:

Q: What is the basis that college athletes are employees and entitled to form a union?

A: Ohr based his conclusion primarily on the enormous revenue and benefit that result from the efforts of the Northwestern football players and on the rigorous control that Wildcats coaches have over the lives of the scholarship athletes. The first thing that Ohr mentioned as he began to explain his decision was that Northwestern enjoyed football revenue of $235 million over the nine years between 2003 and 2012. Clearly impressed with that enormous income, Ohr explained somewhat unnecessarily that the university could use this "economic benefit" in "any manner it chose." It wasn't just the money, though, Ohr added. There is also the "great benefit" of the "immeasurable positive impact to Northwestern's reputation a winning football team may have." (Ohr did not mention NU's seven-game losing streak at the end of the past season.)

Ohr also was impressed with the hour-by-hour, day-by-day control that the coaching staff has over players' lives. He devoted more than 10 pages of his 24-page opinion to a detailed description of practice schedules, workout requirements and coaches' supervision, including approval of living arrangements, registration of automobiles, control of the use of social media (a player must be connected to a coach), dress codes, restrictions on off-campus travel and demanding study schedules. It was the kind of control, Ohr concluded, that an employer has over an employee, not the kind of control a school has over a student.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: scholarships; studentathletes; unions
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To: Pan_Yan

I’m assuming this means the NCAA will now have to give up their ‘non-profit’ status, right?

How many union non profits are there?

41 posted on 03/27/2014 10:40:08 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: ex-snook

You agree with the administrative law judge then since that was his basic conclusion?

42 posted on 03/27/2014 11:38:36 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Defiant

I don’t disagree.

43 posted on 03/27/2014 3:22:36 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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44 posted on 03/27/2014 3:23:52 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: T-Bird45; xzins

This means that the players will be taxed on the value of their scholarships and the room and board and other perks.

If the players are employees, then everything they “earn” is subject to income taxes.

45 posted on 03/27/2014 5:57:56 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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