AirTalk for January 29, 2014

Should college athletes unionize?

College Athletes Announce Formation of Labor Organization

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Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter speaks at a press conference on January 28 2014 at The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago Illinois. Citing what they deem as the NCAA's abdication of responsibility to protect athletes from injury, the College Athletes Association (CAPA) announced the creation of the new labor organization to represent college football and basketball players.

Football players at Northwestern University and other Division I schools have taken first steps towards unionization. For the first time, college players are asking to be represented by a labor union.

Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association, filed a petition on behalf of the players to be formally recognized as a new union, the College Athletes Players Association, or CAPA.

Kain Colter, spokesperson for the Northwestern players who want to unionize, says a majority of the team is looking for support -- not just money, but a “seat at the table” and the ability to be part of the decision making process in college sports.

Should college players be protected by a union and treated as employees? Does unionizing college athletics diminish the integrity of the college experience? What’s the best way to accommodate young athletes?

Guests: 

Ramogi Huma, President of the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA), founder and president of the National College Players Association, and former UCLA linebacker

Zev Eigan, Associate Professor Law at Northwestern Law School and Associate Professor of Management & Strategy (by courtesy) at Kellogg School of Management

 


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