College Athletes' NLRB Petition May Open Pandora's Box

Law360, New York (January 29, 2014, 7:40 PM EST) -- A group of Northwestern University football players are seeking a green light from the National Labor Relations Board to unionize, and while lawyers are skeptical about their prospects for success, they say a decision classifying them as “employees” would stir up a hornet's nest of legal issues that could change the landscape of college sports.

Northwestern football players that receive athletic scholarships moved a step toward possible union representation with Tuesday's filing of the NLRB petition in Chicago on Tuesday. While attorneys expressed sympathy for many...
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