Bill Would End NCAA Amateurism, Allow Player Unions

Law360 (May 27, 2021, 7:08 PM EDT) -- U.S. Congress members announced a bill on Thursday that would give new meaning to the term "student union" by amending the National Labor Relations Act so college athletes could collectively bargain as employees of their respective schools.

The proposed College Athlete Right to Organize Act covers public- and private-school students who are paid to play via direct compensation or grants-in-aid, and is meant to level the playing field between competitors and the colleges and leagues that profit off them, one sponsor said.

"Big-time college sports haven't been 'amateur' for a long time, and the NCAA has long denied its players economic...

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