In a much-anticipated and long-awaited decision released today, the National Labor Relations Board dodged answering the question of whether college athletes are employees. The ruling, which relates to Northwestern University Football players, was made on jurisdictional grounds. As a result, it leaves open the possibility that other college athletes might be able to unionize.
The unanimous decision can be read here.
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