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    This could be huge. Northwestern trying to unionize

    Nobody but HB knows for sure. You pretty much know nothing....like Knownothing would like to say.
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    Re: This could be huge. Northwestern trying to unionize

    Quote Originally Posted by Knownothing View Post
    I like some of the guarantees .... but lets not kid ourselves... It will be about paying players.


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    Re: This could be huge. Northwestern trying to unionize

    A player anonymously commented on it.

    goB1Gcats comments on Northwestern Wildcats football players trying to join labor union

    NU player here on a throwaway. This isn't about getting paid. What it is about is protection. Many of us will have numerous injuries throughout our playing careers. A group of those players will continue to feel the effects of those injuries long after their playing days are over. The goal is to have some sort of medical protection if we need surgeries stemming from injuries sustained while playing for our university. Another goal is graduate school for those who were fortunate enough to play as a true Freshman. Most student-athletes get redshirted in their first year, and receive one year of grad school payed for in their fifth year of eligibility. We feel as though it is fair to ask for the same investment from the university all around. It isn't about getting an extra $200 a month for spending. We have our stipend, and if we budget correctly we are able to make it stretch for the month. Would it be nice to have some part of jersey sales or memorabilia sales? Absolutely. But that is not the goal as of right now.

    Just wanted to add in that I am extremely thankful for the opportunity I have been given to not only play football, but to attend a world class university such as Northwestern. It is an opportunity millions dream of having. We are treated well at Northwestern, but unfortunately that is not the case at many other schools. Hopefully we can create a voice for the players and clean up these issues.



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    Re: This could be huge. Northwestern trying to unionize

    And so begins the demise of college sports... this will lead to a pay system... and that will kill what we all love about college athletics.

    And don't tell me these kids aren't compensated today. Opportunity at free education, clothes, housing, food, per diem for expenses... all covered. Not to mention they're playing a game they love/want to play AND their time on the team will lead to numerous career opportunities in the area around their school or in the field of athletics elsewhere.



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    Re: This could be huge. Northwestern trying to unionize

    Quote Originally Posted by keepngoal View Post
    I like some of the guarantees .... but lets not kid ourselves... It will be about paying players.
    I would think that in order for the union to operate it would need money collected from dues of its members. The members will only be able to pay dues if they are getting paid. While all the things they are talking about upfront are good and all it obviously would end in them wanting to get the players paid.



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    Re: This could be huge. Northwestern trying to unionize

    So can high school players unionize then? Some of those players will suffer injuries for the rest of their lives and will have to deal with the consequences.



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    Re: This could be huge. Northwestern trying to unionize

    And ask anyone who has had to deal with unions before... they ALWAYS make things better/easier....



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    Re: This could be huge. Northwestern trying to unionize

    Since when is getting your schooling, housing, tutoring, training and food paid for not enough for people.

    I propose that if we are going to pay these athletes, that we charge them for school, charge them for room and board and make it truly fair.

    These athletes are acting like they are required to play football for the school. No, it is your choice to play or not to play. No one has a gun to your head. They didn't change the game, you know what you are signing up for.



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    Re: This could be huge. Northwestern trying to unionize

    Goodbye competition. Hello large budget vs small budget recruiting.



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    Re: This could be huge. Northwestern trying to unionize

    the collegiate football system was ruined the day the NFL was created.


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    Re: This could be huge. Northwestern trying to unionize

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyFive View Post
    Goodbye competition. Hello large budget vs small budget recruiting.
    I assume you're saying goodbye to a time long ago when that wasn't the case?




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    Re: This could be huge. Northwestern trying to unionize

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyFive View Post
    Goodbye competition. Hello large budget vs small budget recruiting.
    Did you post this from 60 years ago?



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    Re: This could be huge. Northwestern trying to unionize

    The response by the NU player sounds reasonable in its concern for the health of the athletes that generate so much money for the university. Some players (especially football) end up with permanent injuries, some that will limit their work options. And there is some unfairness when the football and basketball players generate so much money for the school and NCAA as well as carry other programs like cross country that so few care about. But with the power and greed of the NCAA backed up by the NFL (who love their minor league system in the universities), I doubt this has much chance of going anywhere.



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    Re: This could be huge. Northwestern trying to unionize

    Quote Originally Posted by CYKOFAN View Post
    The response by the NU player sounds reasonable in its concern for the health of the athletes that generate so much money for the university. Some players (especially football) end up with permanent injuries, some that will limit their work options. And there is some unfairness when the football and basketball players generate so much money for the school and NCAA as well as carry other programs like cross country that so few care about. But with the power and greed of the NCAA backed up by the NFL (who love their minor league system in the universities), I doubt this has much chance of going anywhere.

    Yep, because people are twisting their arms to go play at Northwestern. If they were smart enough to get into northwestern, they could've probably gotten a decent amount of scholarship money for academics and not put their health at risk.



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    Re: This could be huge. Northwestern trying to unionize

    Quote Originally Posted by pyrocyz View Post
    Yep, because people are twisting their arms to go play at Northwestern. If they were smart enough to get into northwestern, they could've probably gotten a decent amount of scholarship money for academics and not put their health at risk.
    The Northwestern athlete that wrote the piece said they have it better than most, but not the case for a lot of other athletes (that aren't so gifted academically).



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