It's Fourth and Ten for Business as Usual at Our Colleges and Universities

First of all, we got this:



A representative of the National Labor Relations Board ruled yesterday that Northwestern football players are employees of that university, not student-athletes.  And they are employees who help the school bring in a large amount of money.
From NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis to athletic directors’ offices across the nation, a long series of gulps and forehead slaps likely followed that announcement.
What does this mean to you, the fan?  It means that college football as you’ve always known it is one step closer to becoming a pay-for-play enterprise.  If that sounds good to you, just mull the possibilities (likelihoods?) over for a few minutes.
While yesterday’s ruling by the regional director of the NLRB’s Chicago office only opens the door for players at private schools to unionize, it won’t take long for attorneys to figure out some way to create something akin to a union at public schools.  (The National Labor Relations Board does not have jurisdiction when it comes to state-run institutions.)  And while the NLRB’s Northwestern ruling will be appealed, we’ve already seen that in at least one case — the first test case — at least one decision-maker has sided with the players and their attorney.  It’s likely then that there would be others at the NLRB who would agree with that decision.  Translation: Attorneys now have a battle plan.  And if one person views players as employees, it’s certainly possible that their will be likeminded individuals in the appellate courts or even the Supreme Court when this case winds its way through the justice system.
Attorneys are already feeling emboldened these days.  The Ed O’Bannon case has been cleared to go to trial this summer.  Another gauntlet was thrown down earlier this month when sports labor attorney Jeffrey Kessler announced he would sue the NCAA and the major conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC) on antitrust grounds on behalf of another group of athletes.

“So let’s say we do end up in a world where college football players are allowed to unionize.  How long will those athletes be satisfied with full-cost-of-tuition scholarships?  Here’s guessing they’ll be just as greedy as the presidents, ADs and conference commissioners have been when it comes to pocketing cash.”

So let’s say we do end up in a world where college football players are allowed to unionize.  How long will those athletes be satisfied with full-cost-of-tuition scholarships?  Here’s guessing they’ll be just as greedy as the presidents, ADs and conference commissioners have been when it comes to pocketing cash.
How long before college basketball players push for a cut of profits?  The smaller the revenue brought in by a sport the less likely something akin to a union will be OK’d.  Still, if an attorney believes he can help college basketball players grab some loose change here or there, you can bet he’ll have little trouble finding players to represent.
If players are paid and they are unionized, get ready for strikes and threats of strikes when athletes — or attorneys representing athletes — decide they have some new desire that isn’t being met by the NCAA’s system.  Get ready for agent involvement as well.  If players are paid, they will need someone to help them with their cash and their taxes.  That or get ready to lose a star tailback to IRS issues.
Worst-case scenario?  Your favorite college football team could start facing the same problems as your favorite pro football team: stars asking for more money, free agency, hold-outs, etc.

Don’t listen to anyone who says that this will ultimately be a good or bad thing.  There are way too many facets and variables involved for anyone to accurately guess how this will finally work itself out.  Will it really change things that much for the average college sports fan?  Will it be good or bad for sports in general?  Who knows?  Somehow, I think that anything that might help eliminate college sports from being the only stepping stone from high school to the pros, can’t possibly help but be a good thing.  Why should some kid, who has no interest in furthering his education, be forced to go through the chrade of being a “student athlete”?  Other countries do not use the “college as the minor leagues” system, and get by just fine.
I would be lying if I said that I knew about this to have an opinion, but there are a couple of things I do know:
  1. Unions destroy everything they touch.
  2. We shouldn’t cry any tears for the colleges and universities because they did this to themselves.  It’s a classic case of getting burned by your own greed.  If they wouldn’t have tried to turn college sports into money generating machines equal to that of professional sports, none of this would have ever happened.
In the meantime, I am loving every minute of this.  Colleges and Universities, filled with, and run by liberals are going to find themselves on the opposite side of “workers” trying to form a union.  Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha... on to infinity.  Hey, liberal college administrators, I thought unions were a good thing.  Isn’t that what you’ve been saying since the Bolshevik Revolution?  They’re not so good when they threaten your source of money generated by kids who play for you, are they?  Hmmmm?
You know what you liberals running our colleges and universities are?  You’re greedy.  Just as greedy as any of the capitalists that you love to hate so much.  You know, the people who are trying to make money, out there in the real world?  Maybe now, you might understand why it is that McDonald’s doesn’t want to just lay down and pay its employees a “living wage”.
Not only are you every bit as greedy as the people you claim to hate so much, you’re guilty of hypocrisy, a charge that you have often either used against, or stood idly by, as members of your staff used it against anyone whose politics you disagreed with.  Corporations are honest.  They readily admit that their objective is to maximize profits, and we all know that you have made it clear that’s an evil equal to mass murder.
I’m sure that right now, you are all working on some convoluted explanation of why you are neither greedy nor hypocritical, and how this whole union thing should apply to everyone else but you.  Save yourselves some time and effort.  I’m not going to buy it, and neither is anyone else.  All your liberal buddies with no skin in the game, are going to side with the pro-union people, plus, you have a much larger battle, with much higher stakes awaiting.
You’ve not only been taking advantage of your athletes, you’ve been screwing your students with excessive tuition fees for decades, and the whole time, you have also been perpetuating the myth (and the reality), that the only way young people are going to make it in this world is to get an expensive college education.  That may have been true for what will turn out to be an incredibly short period of human history, but now (and much of it, thanks to our incompetent leader, whom you all supported) your students are graduating only to find themselves with a mountain of debt and no job prospects that could ever lead them to being able to repay it.
You all brought this on yourselves, and from now on, whenever I’m feeling down, I will think about this and smile and laugh.  Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha...  onto infinity.

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