Athletic scholarships could be viewed as compensation

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – An athletic scholarship could soon be viewed as compensation.

Wednesday the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago ruled Northwestern football players are employees and could unionize.

The current ruling only applies to private universities, but could eventually apply to public universities as well.

Purdue Leeds Professor Richard Cosier said it could take years in court before players unionize, but it could dramatically change college athletics.

“It’ll have a big impact on the NCAA if this continues to be upheld and implemented. The whole governance process for collegiate athletics will have to be reviewed,” said Cosier

News 18 attempted to speak with Purdue Athletic Director Morgan Burke. However, Associate Athletic Director Tom Schott said Burke will not comment as it is still early in the process and only applies to Northwestern at this time.

In February Burke told News 18 the right to organization is between employers and employees, and that student-athletes are not employees. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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