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College Athletes Can Unionize, Federal Agency Says

Updated: Wednesday, March 26 2014, 09:24 PM CDT

In a ruling that could revolutionize college sports, a federal agency has given football players at Northwestern University the green light to unionize.

Wednesday's landmark ruling by a regional director of National Labor Relations Board means the players are deemed employees under federal law and so can create the nation's first college athletes' union.

Union lawyers argued the Big Ten school's football players are part of a commercial enterprise that generates hefty profits through their labor.

The NCAA, Big Ten Conference and the private school vehemently opposed the union drive. Northwestern argued that college athletes are students and can't be put in the same category as factory workers.

The ruling in Chicago by director Peter Ohr can be appealed to the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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College Athletes Can Unionize, Federal Agency Says

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Scores & Schedules

September 29, 2014 07:08 GMT


N-Y Mets 8 Houston 3


Cleveland 7, Tampa Bay 2

Baltimore 1, Toronto 0

Detroit 3, Minnesota 0

N.Y. Yankees 9, Boston 5

Kansas City 6, Chicago White Sox 4

Oakland 4, Texas 0

Seattle 4, L.A. Angels 1

End of Regular Season NATIONAL LEAGUE Sunday's Games

Cincinnati 4, Pittsburgh 1

Atlanta 2, Philadelphia 1

Washington 1, Miami 0

Chicago Cubs 5, Milwaukee 2

San Francisco 9, San Diego 3

L.A. Dodgers 10, Colorado 5

St. Louis 1, Arizona 0

End of Regular Season


Thursday's Game

N.Y. Giants 45, Washington 14

Sunday's Games

Green Bay 38, Chicago 17

Houston 23, Buffalo 17

Indianapolis 41, Tennessee 17

Baltimore 38, Carolina 10

Detroit 24, N.Y. Jets 17

Tampa Bay 27, Pittsburgh 24

Miami 38, Oakland 14

San Diego 33, Jacksonville 14

San Francisco 26, Philadelphia 21

Minnesota 41, Atlanta 28

Dallas 38, New Orleans 17

Open: Arizona, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Seattle, St. Louis

Monday's Game

New England at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.


Sunday's Games

Toronto 3, Buffalo 2, SO

Chicago 5, Edmonton 0

Washington 2, Montreal 0

New Jersey 3, Philadelphia 1

Calgary 2, Colorado 1

Los Angeles 4, Anaheim 2

Monday's Games

Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Columbus at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Florida at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Winnipeg at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

Arizona at Vancouver, 9 p.m.


Sunday's Games

Houston 2, Chicago 0

Los Angeles 4, New York 0

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