Law360, New York (February 1, 2017, 5:49 PM EST) -- College football players are employees, the National Labor Relations Board Office of General Counsel said Tuesday, seemingly baiting more football players at private universities to bring unfair labor practice charges or unionization efforts and adding fuel to a growing debate over the rights of NCAA student-athletes.
In an official memorandum, NLRB General Counsel Richard F. Griffin Jr. said college football players at the highest level, known as NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, "are employees under the [National Labor Relations Act], with the rights and protections of that act."
"Thus, for instance, scholarship football players should be protected by Section 7...
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