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A couple of years ago I questioned if it was time for the major conferences to pull out of the NCAA. Now the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has thrown an 18 wheel semi into the NCAA mechanism.


Yesterday the NLRB ruled that football players at Northwestern University could form a union to negotiate terms of their “employment.” The University has said it will appeal the decision.


The NCAA has become a money grubbing institution which has lorded over college sports with no consistency or principle. Now the NLRB threatens the very foundation of college sports. The basic law of College football is that the University and NCAA make the money on the backs of the players that provide the product. Colleges sell jerseys with the player‘s number and names, generate millions of dollars from ticket sales and television. The students believe they deserve more than just the right to attend class along with room and board.


While the Northwestern players have not specified what their demands are, health issues seem to be at the heart of the suit. The concept of players forming a union would totally destroy the current system. The NCAA will try to fine any school that provides additional healthcare or payments to players. That will force big schools to leave the NCAA and form their own organization. That would be great for the schools, the players and the fans of college football. The NCAA needs to go out of business and it will without the financial support of the big schools. It is as outdated as the buggy whip and needs to change or die. I prefer the latter.


That is what I think. Tell us what you think.


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