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College Athlete Unions and Scholarships

Big 10 football players faceoff

On Monday, the National Labor Relations Board declined to assert jurisdiction in the case of Northwestern University football players' attempt to form a union. Though they did not succeed, many believe their effort pushed through reforms in big time college sports including the 2015 decision by the NCAA to allow athletic scholarships to include the true cost of attendance. 


  • Eric Kelderman, staff reporter The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Andrew Zimbalist, professor of economics, Smith College
  • Andy Schwarz, economist and partner at OSKR, an economic consulting firm

This show originally aired on August 20, 2015 at 11 a.m.