Another Big Blow To Student-Athletes Eyeing Employee Status

By Zachary Zagger (January 6, 2017, 8:24 PM EST) -- Hammering home federal courts' reluctance to find that college athletes are employees, the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday refused to rethink a decision involving UPenn athletes despite the students' argument that the ruling effectively put them in the same category as prison laborers.

In its ruling last month, the Seventh Circuit affirmed an Indiana federal court's dismissal of a case brought by University of Pennsylvania track and field athletes against the NCAA and its more than 120 member schools. The students alleged they were entitled to compensation as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Claims that student-athletes are employees have not...

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