Can College Athletes Unionize?

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The regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled yesterday that football players at Northwestern University should be allowed to unionize. The 24-page ruling said that, by any measure, the athletes could not be classified as “primarily students.” While Northwestern officials will appeal the decision, it represents significant movement in the debate over whether to pay college athletes.

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John Culhane - Widener University / Slate - @johnculhane

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Madeleine Brand

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Andrew Walsh, Christian Bordal, Matt Holzman, Jolie Myers, Anna Scott