April 5, 2014
Recently, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that scholarship football players at Northwestern University should be considered employees and given the right to unionize. The NCAA and Northwestern are appealing the ruling while others, like the National College Players Association, hope it will help end what they see as exploitation of college athletes by organizations like the NCAA. While the importance of this decision is unclear, we do know that this is the beginning of a long process and no one is entirely sure where it will end. Joining us to discuss the ramification of this decision and where the process goes from here is Jeffrey Michael Hirsch, a professor at the UNC School of Law who specializes in labor law and union organizing.