The First Step Toward Unionizing College Athletes

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College football is big business, and there's long been dispute about the status of so-called "student athletes." Peter Ohr, regional director of the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago, ruled yesterday that football players at Northwestern University are employees with the right to form a union and bargain collectively. What does that mean for the "student athlete" and the NCAA? Andrew Zimbalist is Professor of Economics at Smith College and author of the new book, The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball.

Credits

Guest:
Andrew Zimbalist - Smith College

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Benjamin Gottlieb, Kareem Maddox