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NLRB Rules Northwestern Athletes Are Employees

In a landmark ruling the NLRB today ruled in favor of athletes at Northwestern University and determined that they are employees. Read that again.

That sound you hear is the NCAA crashing to its knees.

The ruling gives the student-athletes collective bargaining rights, but, according to Chris Johnson at Sports Illustrated, only affects athletes at private institutions because the NLRB "governs only the rights of private sector employees. Athletes at public universities that want to unionize will need to go through their state's labor board."

So, this does not affect UCLA student-athletes at this point, but it would certainly apply to u$c and Stanford student-athletes.

Of course, the ruling will be appealed ad infinitum, but when all appeals are exhausted, this, like the O'Bannon case, has the ability to forever change collegiate athletics.

It is also worth noting that the College Athlete Players Association union that Northwestern players are forming is headed by former Bruin Ramogi Huma.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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