Northwestern University athletes may soon be forming a player’s union and sports attorney Darren Heitner joined Booger and Rich to discuss what that means for the future of college athletics.
Heitner said that the ruling right now only affects private schools like Northwestern and their football team. Heitner pointed out that you can look for the university to appeal this ruling in the near future. But what it does mean is that Northwestern football players are no long considered student athletes, they are now viewed as employees.
One of the major reasons why the student athletes were named employees in the ruling is because they practice 50-60 hours a week on average which is more than a typical 9 to 5 full-time employee in the workplace.
Heitner closed by saying that the NCAA system isn’t broken, it’s shattered right now. He said this ruling is on point. These players are more employees than students.