Pay-For-Play: NCAA Athletes' Rights

May 7, 2014

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Earlier this year, the National Labor Relations board ruled that college football players at Northwestern University are considered employees and could form a union. The NCAA and Northwestern University promptly appealed the ruling, arguing that student athletes are not “employees” under federal law. The two sides might see some resolution as early as next week when the house education and workforce committee will hold hearings on the case in DC. The Pay-for-Play  model is just one issue in the broader college athletes’ rights movement. Here to discuss some of the issues NCAA athletes face is Marc Edelman. He’s an associate professor of law at The City University of New York. He writes about legal issues in sports for