WASHINGTON — Northwestern University on Thursday urged the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional ruling that would allow its scholarship football players to unionize, holding up the football program as exemplifying the university’s integration of athletics and education.
In a 60-page brief filed with the labor board in Washington just hours ahead of a midnight deadline, the university laid out its opposition to student athletes forming a union and asked to argue its case before the board. Continue reading
In college sports, geography, academics and competitive levels have been thrown out in part in favor of money and television ratings. Jeffrey Brown talks to sportswriter John Feinstein about why over 30 teams, especially in football, have changed leagues or conferences in order to gain a larger profit share. Continue reading
Historian Taylor Branch speaks with Hari Sreenivasan about his cover story in The Atlantic, “The Shame of College Sports,” which calls for a complete overhaul of the way NCAA athletics works. Continue reading