March 29, 2014

Questions On Student Athlete Unions

By Bellwether

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There are still a lot of moves to come in the unionization for student athletes issue.  But an interesting question that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention is how different state labor laws would affect different colleges and universities if unionization proceeds?  In college sports you have public and private universities, sometimes in the same conference.  And they’re obviously in different states with different labor laws. This plays out now in terms of efforts to organize graduate students. But unevenness among graduate programs is entirely different than unevenness for college sports, which strive, excuse the pun, to have a level playing field. What are the implications if some schools have unions for athletes, others don’t? How does the NCAA react?

In one part of the country they’re asking, ‘what does it mean for the SEC?’

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