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Should college athletes be allowed to form labor unions?

College Athletes Announce Formation of Labor Organization

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Leo W. Gerard, President of the Steelworkers, (R) and Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter answer questions 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.

Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that a group of Northwestern University football players on scholarship are considered employees at the private institution.

Thanks to that ruling, players can now unionize and negotiate with the university for things such as financial compensation and full coverage for medical expenses related to sports injuries. For more on this, we're joined now by Ramogi Huma, a former UCLA linebacker and the founder of the College Athletes Players Association. 

In addition, there are plenty of logistical questions about how a players' union at the collegiate level would work. To help us sort through them is Roger Abrams, a professor of sports and labor law at Northeastern University.

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