[Marxism] College Football Players Seek to Form a Labor Union - Athletics - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Jan 29 07:20:52 MST 2014


http://chronicle.com/article/College-Football-Players-Seek/144271/
College athletes on Tuesday took a bold step toward gaining more 
bargaining power in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, by 
attempting to form a labor union for big-time football and basketball 
players.

Calling the NCAA a "dictatorship" that stamps on athletes' rights and 
fails to provide adequate long-term health care or educational 
assistance, football players at Northwestern University petitioned the 
Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board to be recognized as 
employees.

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http://louisproyect.org/2013/11/24/three-documentaries/
The NCAA not only sought to generate fortunes both to the schools and 
itself, it also saw the “student-athlete” hoax as a way to protect a 
university from liabilities due to accidents on the field. One of the 
landmark cases involved a Texas Christian University running back named 
Kent Waldrep who broke his neck in a game with the University of Alabama 
in 1974 and was left a quadriplegic. When he filed suit in 1997 to 
establish his status as a wageworker rather than a “student-athlete” and 
thus be eligible for workman’s compensation, the university and the NCAA 
fought him tooth and nail. Waldrep lost the case but the battle continues.




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