April 3, 2014

Unionizing College Sports

Do the football players at Northwestern understand that they will be forced to pay union dues if they are allowed to unionize and hefty initiation fees? If their scholarships are determined to be income (thus subject to collective bargaining) they will then have to pay taxes on said income? Do they understand it just may be easier to drop the football program than to deal with the unions and government?

More importantly, do the athletes understand that thousands of students would trade their very soul for the opportunity to get a free or semi-free education at Northwestern University? That most college students struggle to find money for food, gas and entertainment, and they still will be saddled with student loans amounting to a house payment for thirty years after graduation?

There is not a lot of sympathy for the poor football players, I am sure.


Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

This is foolish bullshit no matter how you slice it. I've said for years that it's ridiculous to keep pretending that the game is played by "student atheletes". Organize an NBA development league, give licenses to all the big football programs, and pay the damn players, already.

Same thing with basketball and other sports. You're there to play, not to get an education (unless you were one of Bobby's Kids, but that's another story).

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

That should be "NBA collegiate devlopment league".

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

And, now that I look at it more closely after a good night's sleep, for NBA read NFL :)

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