On Friday, the players on the Northwestern University football team voted on whether or not to unionize. We don’t know the results of that election yet, and won’t for several months (possibly a couple of years) because the university has appealed their right to even have the vote. That decision — which will impact how college athletes are treated in the future, either way — will eventually be made by the National Labor Relations Board.
On my America Weekend show, I discussed the ramifications of the players’ choice with Patrick Hruby of the website Sports On Earth. I asked him about the attempts by head coach Pat Fitzgerald to convince his players to vote no, whether the goals are obtainable without unionization, how it would affect players at other schools, and more.