Athletic scholarships could be viewed as compensation

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 photo, the Northwestern football team heads to the locker room after warming up before an NCAA college football game against Penn State in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 photo, the Northwestern football team heads to the locker room after warming up before an NCAA college football game against Penn State in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

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.

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